Ararat traffic chaos: Four separate vehicle accidents within nine hours

It was a horror day on Ararat’s roads today with four separate vehicle accidents.

One man was killed this morning at Armstong which closed the Western Highway between Ararat and Great Western, in both directions.

A second accident involving four vehicles led to the Western Highway being closed on the other side of Ararat – between Ararat and Ballarat – around midday.

The closures continue to be a headache for locals and tourists who are being directed onto alternative routes, some having to use back roads that are not used to heavy traffic.

Victoria Police said earlier that the highway will be reopened when it is safe to do so.

AC News has the details below regarding each of the three accidents that followed the deadly Armstrong crash this morning.

CALTEX ROADHOUSE ACCIDENT

Emergency services responded to an accident on the Western Highway near the Caltex Roadhouse just after midday.

Two vehicles were travelling west in congested traffic when a third car came over a slight rise and crashed into those two vehicles, causing a nose-to-tail collision. 

Vehicles are being detoured as the Western Highway remains closed on both sides of Ararat.
PHOTO: Amy Clarke

“Following that, the third vehicle then veered onto the incorrect side of the highway and crashed into an oncoming eastbound car,” Victoria Police told AC News.

Occupants of the eastbound vehicle, a man and a woman, have both been conveyed to hospital with serious injuries. 

The male driver of the third car also conveyed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

PHOTO: Stephanie Deller (WIN News)

The highway remains closed in both directions on either side of Ararat.

All traffic Ararat bound is being detoured onto the Sunraysia Highway from Ballarat.

WARRAYATKIN ROAD ACCIDENT

Emergency services responded to a third incident on Warrayatkin Road in Ararat, 5km West of the Western Highway this afternoon around 1:25pm.

A 33-year-old female was trapped in her car after she swerved to miss a kangaroo and struck a tree.

The Adelaide woman and two children, a boy and girl, were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

VINCENT STREET ACCIDENT

Police responded to a fourth accident this afternoon about 3:10pm.

A car performed a U-turn at the intersection of Moore and Vincent streets when it was struck by an oncoming vehicle

A young girl in one of the vehicles sustained non-life threatening injuries, while the male driver received minor injuries.

The male driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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