A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy and his younger brother were taken to hospital after being involved in a runaway car crash on Saturday.
The young brothers were playing alone inside their grandfather's four-wheel-drive on Western Avenue when they released the handbrake of the car.
It then took off down a steep hill where it crashed into a tree.
The five-year-old was thrown from the car, while his three-year-old brother remained inside as it kept travelling towards a gully.
Daylesford police Leading Senior Constable Mina Martin said the car eventually came to rest about 150 metres from where it had first taken off.
She said both boys were lucky to escape serious injury and that the accident could have been far worse.
"It's a reminder to parents to be extra careful when their kids are playing around parked cars," said Leading Senior Constable Martin.
"It doesn't take much for things to start moving which could obviously end up pretty nasty."
Both boys were taken to hospital for observation.
Meanwhile, Creswick police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision between a car and truck on the Midland Highway on Friday night.
A truck struck a sedan between Creswick and Newlyn about 9pm on Friday night, causing the car to spin out.
There were no serious injuries, but police believe another car might have witnessed the crash.
Anybody with information is asked to contact Creswick police on 5345 2220.