AN innocent father of one has been killed in a “catastrophic” high-speed crash in Melbourne’s east.
The horrific accident happened at Glen Waverley in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police said a Mazda 6 sedan travelling east along Glen Waverely Road smashed into the back of a Mercedes sedan near Springvale Road around 1.50am.
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The vehicle was captured on CCTV travelling at extreme speeds seconds before it collided with the Mercedes.
The impact was so great, police said the Mercedes’ fuel tanks ruptured and the vehicle exploded into a fireball.
The flaming Mercedes was sent hurtling into a centre median strip where it smashed head-on into a large metal light pole, causing it to come crashing down across the road.
The vehicle’s motor was ejected from its engine bay and thrown 15 metres down the road.
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The Mazda kept going, veering off the left-hand side of the road where it smashed into two cars on display at a Toyota dealership before coming to rest near Springvale Road.
Speaking to reporters from the horrific scene, Detective Sergeant Mark Amos said the crash was “catastrophic”.
“This is a big crash. It is catastrophic in every sense of the word,” he said.
“The impact to the back of that car is such that it has caused the tanks to rupture…and that is what has been the source of fuel and that has ignited.”
Sadly, there was nothing emergency services could do to save the father of one trapped in the Mercedes. Police confirmed he was pronounced dead at the scene.
One man dead and another injured after two car crash in Glen Waverley around 1.50am. Both cars heading in the same direction. One burst ito flames. Other driver in hospital. pic.twitter.com/yOTETPSKGj
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The Mazda driver, however, survived the collision.
Firefighters were forced to use the Jaws of Life to cut the man in his 30s out of his crumpled car.
He was taken to The Alfred Hospital with facial lacerations, chest, arm and leg injuries.
According to Nine News, the speedometer on the wrecked Mazda was locked at more than 200km which is more than twice the speed limit for the stretch of road where the collision occurred.
It’s understood police are investigating whether its driver was high on the drug ice at the time of the crash.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au