DETECTIVES from the Major Collision Unit are investigating the cause of a shocking pile-up which killed one person and injured four others in Victoria’s southwest.
The horrific collision happened at the intersection of Nelson-Portland and Westlakes roads at Portland North around 3pm on Wednesday.
It’s understood a fully-loaded logging truck smashed into the back of a Toyota Kluger stopped at road works.
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Police said the force of the impact forced the Kluger into the back of a Mercedes Benz sedan which in turn was pushed into the back of a rigid tip truck.
A woman travelling in the Kluger sustained life-threatening injuries and sadly died at the scene before she could be transported to hospital.
The woman, believed to be aged in her 50s, is understood to have been sitting in the back of the Kulger at the time of the collision.
A second woman from the same vehicle was airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne with serious injuries, while two other male occupants were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Emergency crews were forced to cut the Mercedes apart to free the male driver who was trapped in the wreck for up to 90 minutes.
Once freed, he too was airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne with serious injuries.
The man and the injured woman were both said to be in a stable condition on Thursday morning.
The 59-year-old South Australian man who was driving the B-double log truck escaped injury.
He was arrested at the scene and was on Wednesday evening assisting police with their enquiries.
Detectives from the Major Collision Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or may have dash cam footage is urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au