Man dies in Smythesdale crash after two utes collide

A PERSON was killed and two more were taken to hospital after a two-car head-on collision on the Glenelg Highway, near Smythesdale, early Friday morning. 

Highway closed: Emergency service members at the scene of the fatality near Smythesdale. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Highway closed: Emergency service members at the scene of the fatality near Smythesdale. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The crash occurred between a four-wheel-drive utility and a small sports utility just before 7am. 

The Glenelg Highway was closed in both directions for a large part of the morning as the Major Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene. 

The collision occurred on a straight stretch of road on the northern side of the town, near the intersection with Whites Road.

Major Collision Investigation Unit’s Detective Sergeant David Newman said the dead man was a 21-year-old from Wagga Wagga. 

The man’s brother was a passenger in the vehicle and was taken to Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital with minor injuries. 

The man in the other vehicle, a 21-year-old from Smythesdale, was flown from the scene of the crash to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition. 

Detective Sergeant Newman said they were yet to speak to the Smythesdale man and were calling for any witnesses of the accident to come forward. 

Anyone who might have seen the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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