A MAN died in a three-vehicle collision at Frankston South, Friday 3 April. He was the driver of a van which was extensively damaged when it hit a four-wheel-drive causing it to crash into a truck north-bound on Peninsula Link, near Robinsons Road, about 6.40am.
The men driving the grey four-wheel-drive and the truck, both sole occupants, were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Drivers were advised to avoid Peninsula Link where possible.
Earlier, five cars were involved in a nose-to-tail south-bound on Peninsula Link near the Stony Point railway bridge, 6.15am, Friday 3 April.
Sergeant Bruce Buchan, of Somerville Highway Patrol, said the first car had “appeared to come to a complete stop” while heading south in the right lane causing the car behind to crash into it. The driver of the second car jumped out and ran to get a child out of the back seat while the third, fourth and fifth cars crashed into each other from behind. Debris was strewn along Peninsula Link.
Three drivers were injured. One was taken to The Alfred hospital and two to Frankston Hospital.
Sergeant Buchan said investigations were continuing into why the first driver appeared to stop unexpectedly. “It is a 100kph zone and stopping is extremely dangerous because, as happened, it can set off a chain reaction,” he said.
Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage of either incident to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au
As of Friday morning 69 people had died on Victoria roads compared to 77 this time last year.