UPDATE at 5:00 PM | DRUGS, alcohol and extreme speed are all believed to have been factors in a catastrophic crash that killed a woman in Melbourne.
The woman was killed when her blue BMW sedan smashed into a pole in the centre median of the Nepean Highway at Cheltenham, in the city’s southeast, about 5.30am on Saturday.
Police say the BMW was travelling well above 180km/h when it slammed into the pole.
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The impact was horrific, with senior police describing the crash as one of the worst they’ve ever seen in Melbourne.
The six-lane highway was littered with car parts and debris from the vehicle which was torn into three main pieces.
It’s understood the driver’s seat was ripped from the car on impact, while the rear seats and left hand side of the BMW came to rest 100 metres down the highway.
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Speaking to reporters, Senior Sergeant Warren Francis-Pester admitted he had never seen a crash like it.
“It’s an incredible scene and I’ve been in the police force for 30 years,” Senior Sergeant Francis-Pester said.
“I’ve never seen debris spread over six lanes of highway like this for a single collision.”
It’s understood the woman was seen driving erratically near the Southland Shopping Centre earlier in the night.
She reportedly had a male passenger in the vehicle at the time who, according to 9News, “feared for his life” and got out before the crash.
Police are investigating the circumstances leading up to the horrific collision and say drugs and alcohol were definite factors.
FIRST at 12:20 PM | A WOMAN has been killed after her car was ripped in half in a horror high-speed crash in Melbourne’s southeast.
The woman was driving along the Nepean Highway at Cheltenham when her BMW smashed into a traffic light in the centre median about 5.30am on Saturday.
The force of the crash was so great, the woman’s sedan was completely obliterated on impact, with the vehicle tearing into three main pieces.
Sadly, the female driver could not be saved and died at the scene, police said. Her age was not immediately known.
Police were still trying to formally identify the woman hours after the crash.
Photos from the scene show debris strewn across a large section of the highway near Southland shopping centre.
The car broke up into hundreds of tiny pieces, with parts of the vehicle coming to rest almost 100 metres away.
It’s understood police are investigating whether speed and alcohol played a part in the tragedy.
Among the debris scattered across the road was a pure vodka bottle that had been flung from the vehicle on impact.
Southbound lanes of the Nepean Highway remain closed as investigators examine the horrific scene.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash and will prepare a report for the Coroner.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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Police are investigating a fatal crash in Cheltenham early this morning. A woman was killed when a blue BMW travelling southbound hit a pole on the Nepean Highway about 5.30am. #7News pic.twitter.com/Rj6ahukiGf
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