Lucky escape for family

Lucky escape for family

A family of six was lucky to escape with their lives after the 4WD Nissan Patrol they were travelling in overturned on the Great Alpine Road, near Ensay, on Easter Monday.

Police say the 4WD, which was towing a camper trailer, lost control and plummeted down an embankment at Double Bridges, between Bruthen and Tambo Crossing, at about 10am as it was travelling south along the road.

The vehicle came to rest on its roof, but miraculously the male driver, 38, his wife, 36, and four children, aged 13, 11, eight and seven, managed to escape from the vehicle without serious injuries.

While the adults reportedly sustained cuts and bruises, the children were said to be okay.

Police are investigating the accident, but say it appears the vehicle lost traction as it was negotiating a bend.

The 4WD and trailer were a write-off.

A man was taken to hospital after falling from his motorcycle in an accident at Wulgulmerang East.

Police said the man was travelling south on the Snowy River Road, near Gelantipy Road, when he lost control in the gravel and fell off his bike.

The accident happened on Easter Sunday at about 11.30am.

The 43-year-old Melbourne man sustained a broken collarbone and cracked ribs.

Meanwhile, a man riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle and travelling east on the Bruthen Nowa Nowa Road on Good Friday has also wound up in hospital.

The motorcycle rider ran into the rear of a Ford utility sustaining leg injuries.

Police say the traffic had rapidly slowed because of a turning vehicle, which resulted in the collision.

The man was conveyed to Bairnsdale Hospital.


Two Melbourne men had to be conveyed to hospital after a fire on their boat at Barrier Landing on Easter Sunday.

The father and son were cooking their dinner on the stove of their vessel when it caught fire at about 8.30pm.

A 20-year-old male was burnt while his father suffered smoke inhalation while attempting to put out the fire.

The local Paynesville Coastguard’s CFA unit assisted in putting out the fire.


Bairnsdale detectives are appealing for witnesses to a bag snatch outside a church on Saturday afternoon.

Police says the victim, a local woman, had her bag forcibly taken from her while she was with her two young children on the corner of Service and Francis streets at about 2pm.

The children, aged 15 months and three years, were playing on the nature strip when a tall skinny man approached and grabbed the woman’s handbag, breaking the strap as he wrenched it from her.

Police say the offender, aged between 20 and 30, also knocked over the 15-month-old child during the robbery.

He fled up Service Street and into Pearson Street to make his getaway.

Inquiries are continuing and it’s hoped CCTV footage will help police identify the offender.


An accident on Raymond Island on Saturday afternoon resulted in two men being conveyed to the Bairnsdale Hospital.

Police say a Ford station wagon reversed into a 4WD in a carpark adjacent to 7th and 4th Avenues at about 3pm.

The 58-year-old male driver of the Ford has then pulled away and attempted to get out of his vehicle when his foot became stuck in the pedals.

He fell onto the ground and as his car moved backwards, the man was dragged along the ground.

Police say the driver managed to free himself just as his vehicle ran over his leg.

However, the vehicle continued moving backwards and the 69-year-old driver of the 4WD, who had also alighted from his car to inspect the damage, was crushed up against his vehicle by the open door of the moving Ford.

The Ford eventually come to a stop after hitting an unoccupied parked vehicle.

Police say inquiries are continuing into impaired driving.