FIVE people, including three teenagers, are lucky to be alive this morning after the four-wheel-drive they were in smashed into a brick wall at a retirement village in Melbourne’s east overnight.
Police say they are investigating whether speed and drugs or alcohol played a role in the shocking crash, which occurred in the suburb of Vermont just after midnight.
It’s understood the gold Ford Escape careened through the intersection of Mitcham and Canterbury roads and mounted a median strip before slamming head-on into the wall.
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The driver, believed to be a 21-year-old man, and three girls aged 16, 17 and 19 who were sitting in the back seat were all taken to hosptial with multiple, serious injuries.
A 30-year-old man who was sitting in the front passenger seat was trapped in the wreckage for around an hour.
Emergency services had to cut part of the roof off the vehicle to free the man before he could be taken to hospital.
Three teenage girls and two young men are lucky to be alive after a serious crash in Melbourne's east overnight. Drugs, alcohol, speed possible factors. @theheraldsun https://t.co/zjaTCrUwH3 pic.twitter.com/jMPIZcH70x
— Aneeka Simonis (@AneekaSimonis) December 8, 2017
Police are now appealing for witnesses as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Thomas said police were investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a part.
“We believe that speed was a factor in relation to this collision,” Det. Snr. Sgt. Thomas told reporters at the scene.
“We’re also looking at the possibility of drugs and or alcohol, but at this stage, those enquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) December 8, 2017