Four killed in shocking crash after car runs stop sign, police say victims “had no chance”

FOUR women have been killed in a horror crash in regional Victoria overnight.

The women, aged 64 to 75, were on their way home from line dancing when their Kia Rio was T-boned at an intersection in Navarre around 6pm.

Police said the women were travelling south on Ararat-St Arnaud Rd when a red Jeep travelling west on Bains Rd smashed into them at high speed.


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It’s understood the Jeep flew straight through a stop sign, leaving the elderly woman behind the wheel of the Kia no time to take evasive action.

“All four occupants of the southbound car died at the scene,” Victoria Police said.

The occupants of a nearby house rushed outside to help, but there was nothing they could do to save the four women who police said had “no chance” of surviving.

Two of the women aged 75 and 74 were from Hamilton, while the other two aged 72 and 64 were from Portland and Heywood respectively.

They had just spent the day together line dancing with the Cactus Moons Linedacing group in the nearby town of St Arnaud and were returning home when their car was smashed into.

“It is with a heavy heart we must tell you that four of our linedancing family senselessly and tragically lost their lives after dancing with us at St Arnaud on Saturday,” the line dancing group said in a Facebook post.

“This is truly heartbreaking for everyone and we extend our sympathy to their loved ones and to their friends where they dance at Hamilton.”

The 64-year-old local woman who police say was behind the wheel of the Jeep is assisting investigators with their inquires.

She escaped serious injury and was taken to hospital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing.

At least 15 police officers responded to the horrific scene, alongside firefighters and paramedics. Many of them are said to have been “haunted” by what they saw.

Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said the women looked like they were “asleep” and said the driver and her passenger died holding each other’s hand.

“Seeing that scene, it was horrific…four women who looked like they were just asleep, so they’ve died from internal injuries,” he said.

“The sight of the driver holding the passenger’s hand as she passed will haunt me for some time.

“The elderly women had no chance whatsoever, there was no opportunity to take evasive action.”

Speaking to reporters at the scene on Sunday, Assistant Commissioner Fryer said it was a tough scene for everyone.

“This is not easy on any one,” he said. “The death messages that our members have to deliver rips them apart.”

“I’ve got 10 to 15 members here that have seen four dead elderly women and they have to somehow reconcile that when they go home at night.

“These sorts of scenes are happening far too often.

“Our members should haven’t to see it and our community shouldn’t have to lose a loved one to get the message that road trauma happens to people you know.

“This is an example of that. It is this sort of scene, this sort of tragedy, that we want the community to understand can and does happen.”

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