Man dies after attempting U-turn on Western Highway near Beaufort

File photo.
File photo.

A man has died in hospital following a two-car collision in Middle Creek last week, just west of Beaufort.

The crash, which occurred on Thursday, July 5, blocked the Western Highway for hours as emergency services worked to free the man.

Investigators have been told a white Ford sedan was stationary on the dirt shoulder on the left-hand side of the highway, when it attempted a U-turn across the west-bound lanes of the highway.

The crash occurred about 1pm.

In doing so, he drove into the path of a black Rangerover station wagon.

The Rangerover has crashed into the Ford, resulting in significant damage to the driver’s side doors.

The driver and sole occupant of the Rangerover, a 66-year-old man from Kingscote (South Australia) was uninjured.

The driver of the Ford, a 49-year-old Ararat man, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.

He died on Thursday.

Lives lost on Victorian roads this year

2018: 107

2017: 129