THREE crashes kept emergency services busy on the region’s roads yesterday.
In the most serious crash at Dereel, a 19-year-old man was airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with head injuries after his car rolled on Rokewood Junction Road just after 12pm.
Ambulance Victoria Spokesman John Mullen said a road crew from Ballarat attended the scene and quickly transferred the sole occupant of the vehicle to a local oval, where they waited for an air ambulance to land.
The teenager was loaded into the helicopter and flown to Melbourne just after 1pm.
Police and fire units also attended the scene.
No other vehicles were involved in the incident.
A Royal Melbourne Hospital spokesperson said the man was in a serious but stable condition last night.
Earlier in the day, just before 12pm, the driver of a Holden hatchback lost control on Geelong Road at Mount Clear.
Her vehicle left the road’s surface and lost traction before flipping onto its side.
Ballarat Highway Patrol Senior Constable Jackie Loveday said the hatchback crashed through a solar-powered speed sign, flattening it, then flipped on its side and came to rest against a roadside bush.
The driver, an 18-year-old Mount Helen woman, escaped with minor injuries.
Senior Constable Loveday said the collisions yesterday served as a warning to drivers to always have total concentration on their driving.
Police also dealt with a minor two-car crash in Gillies Street, near the Sturt Street intersection at 9am.
There were no injuries but both cars received minor damage.
Police say the cause of each collision is under investigation.
Anyone who witnessed any of the incidents can call Ballarat Highway Patrol on 5336 1306.