POLICE are searching for answers after seven people were injured in a head-on collision in Bacchus Marsh yesterday afternoon.
The crash occurred about 1.30pm on Bacchus Marsh Road about one kilometre east of Woolpack Road.
Police believe a red Ford sedan was travelling east when it clipped the rear of the vehicle in front and then veered onto the wrong side of the road.
The Ford then hit a white Holden sedan head on, which was carrying a 58-year-old Bacchus Marsh woman and a 44-year-old Narre Warren male passenger.
A Newport family of five was travelling in the Ford and all were taken to hospital, including three children aged between four and nine.
The occupants of the car that was initially clipped were not injured.
Police were unable to talk to the driver believed to be responsible because he was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
He was not kept under police guard.
Sergeant Justin Johnston from the Bacchus Marsh Police Station said it was lucky no one was killed.
“Any time a vehicle is travelling on the wrong side of the road there’s going to be some peril and danger,” he said.
“It comes back to people not concentrating while they’re driving.”
Sergeant Johnston said it was fortunate the crash occurred on a section of road with a 60km/h speed limit.
“It doesn’t appear that speed was an issue because obviously if speed had of been an issue we may well have seen some fatalities or even more serious injuries than we did.
“That was one fortunate thing, that it didn’t happen on a freeway or a higher speed zone.”
Police said the crash comes as a timely warning to motorists ahead of the holiday season.
“Slow down and pay more attention with your driving,” Sergeant Johnston said.
“Especially now with school holidays and the festive season not far away, we’d ask people to take care with driving and avoid distractions like mobile phones.”
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.