HORRIFIC smashes on the city’s major highways have prompted authorities to warn residents to take care in conditions that are expected to be treacherous in coming days.
A man was airlifted to hospital with head injuries following a multi-vehicle crash on the Western Freeway on Friday.
Two trucks and two cars collided near Pentland Hills about 4.20am, leaving at least two people in hospital.
One car flipped and the driver aged in his 50s was trapped in the vehicle for about an hour.
He was treated by paramedics while SES rescue teams worked to free him from the vehicle.
He was airlifted to The Alfred hospital in a stable condition, with head injuries and grazes.
A second man was been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, although injuries are not yet known.
The crash occurred a day after a truck carrying thousands of kilograms of kitty litter flipped on the Western Highway near the Midland Highway over pass.
The driver, aged in his 30s, was transported to hospital in a stable condition.
Treacherous weather was expected to hit the region by late Friday, with temperatures plummeting to single figures and rain lashing the region.
Wind gusts of up to 90-100 km/h were expected to continue throughout the night and into the weekend.
Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said temperatures would not exceed single figures until Wednesday.
The SES reported a number of trees down throughout Victoria overnight and were bracing themselves for more damage clean-up.
Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant Pat Cleary urged drivers to remain vigilant when travelling the roads in wet and potentially icy conditions.
“The potential forecast suggest adverse conditions and wet weather on our roads,” Senior Sergeant Cleary said.
“We’re asking motorist to please slow down, take care and be cautious while driving.
“It is important for drivers to ensure they have a safe distance between them and the car in front.”
Police will be conducting routine drug, alcohol and speed tests.
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