BALLARAT police have called for calm on the roads, following a weekend littered with accidents throughout the region.
In the worst accident, a male driver was killed when two cars collided on the Hamilton Highway near Murgheboluc on Saturday night.
Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said on top of the fatality, two adults and a child were taken to Melbourne hospitals.
He said the child suffered a broken leg, while the adults had pelvic and chest injuries.
Closer to Ballarat, a man walked away from a single car accident when his car hit a tree in Miners Rest yesterday morning.
Police said weather conditions were the likely culprit when the utility veered off the road and into the tree.
In another accident, two people were taken to Ballarat’s Base Hospital yesterday when a car and motorbike collided in Gillies Street about 11.30am.
Ballarat North police Sergeant Ian Gibson said the car, travelling east on Gillies Street, collided with the solo motorbike rider who was travelling south.
A man and women in their 50s remained in a stable condition yesterday.
Bacchus Marsh police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding an abandoned car in Mount Wallace on Saturday night.
Police said they were alerted to the car yesterday, and it appeared it had been involved in an accident on Saturday night.
Ballarat Highway Patrol Leading Senior Constable Shaun Martin said drivers needed to take extra care in poor weather conditions.
He warned that drivers needed to pull back their speeds when faced with extreme winds and heavy rain, especially when driving on unfamiliar roads.
“Even just five kilometres less can make all the difference,” he said.“People need to limit distractions in their car, including mobile phones and iPods.”