Stonehaven crash: Child dead, five in hospital after head on collision

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A child has died, while another clings to life after a head on collision on a busy highway on Wednesday night.

Emergency services were called to the Hamilton Highway in Stonehaven near Geelong, west of Melbourne at about 9pm.

One child died at the scene with three other occupants of that same vehicle all rushed to Geelong hospital, including a second child with life threatening upper body injuries.

The other two occupants, believed to be the children’s parents, were also taken to Geelong hospital in a serious condition, the man with upper body injuries and the woman with lower body injuries.

Two men in the second vehicle were also taken to Geelong hospital, one with life threatening injuries, the other with minor injuries, both to the upper body.

The Major Collision Investigation Unit (MCIU) is looking into the circumstances of the accident with the Hamilton Highway still closed as of Thursday morning.

A VicRoads spokesperson said the scene was under the control of Victoria Police and the road would remain closed while MCIU investigations continue.

“We ask motorists to plan ahead and to allow extra time for detours when travelling between Geelong and Inverleigh this morning,” the spokesperson said.

Drivers are advised to use Fyansford-Gheringhap Road, Midland Highway, Bannockburn-Shelford Road and Inverleigh-Shelford Road to the north, or to take the Princes Highway and Inverleigh-Winchelsea Road to the south.

More to come.

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