Crashes put two in hospital

ALBERT Street in Sebastopol was closed off to traffic late yesterday afternoon after two vehicles collided leaving one man trapped in his car with another taken to hospital. 

The trapped man was freed just before 6pm and received no injuries as a result of the accident, however, the passenger in the car, a man in his 70s, was taken to St John of God Hospital to treat leg injuries sustained during the collision. 

He was in a stable condition as of last night. 

Multiple police vehicles and fire crews attended the incident and helped free the man with motorists being able to travel through the area about 6.30pm.

The incident occurred about 5pm when a Holden Commodore travelling towards Ballarat was struck by a Ford Falcon coming from Wall Street. 

Ballarat police Sergeant Ian Gibson described the incident as a “low speed collision” with it appearing the driver of the Falcon had failed to give way. 

“We are just urging drivers to keep their concentration up while driving,” he said. 

A woman is helping police with their inquires. 

About the same time yesterday, police and ambulance services were called to the other end of the city to an incident in Wendouree. 

Ambulance Victoria spokesperson John Mullen said paramedics were called to the corner of Stamford and Margaret streets about 5.15pm.

Sergeant Gibson said a Ford Falcon travelling in a northern direction on Margaret Street collided with a motorcyclist. 

Sergeant Gibson said it appeared failing to give way was also the cause of this accident. 

The motorcyclist was taken to hospital and was in a serious but stable condition as The Courier went to print. 

Mr Mullen said the man had injuries to his back and to his legs.