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Airborne trip for Nhill pair

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MESS: The remains of a Toyota Camry Sportivo that became airborne in a single vehicle crash in Minyip on Friday Night. The driver miraculously survived with minor injuries, however the passenger had to be airlifted to Melbourne.
MESS: The remains of a Toyota Camry Sportivo that became airborne in a single vehicle crash in Minyip on Friday Night. The driver miraculously survived with minor injuries, however the passenger had to be airlifted to Melbourne.

A DRIVER of a Toyota  Camry Sportivo sedan was lucky to survive a single vehicle crash on the Dimboola-Minyip Road and Warracknabeal-Minyip road intersection at 9pm on Friday night.

However the passenger in the vehicle was initially taken by ambulance to Horsham hospital with chest injuries, but then airlifted to Melbourne with life-threatening injuries. The driver was travelling in an easterly direction on the Dimboola to Minyip road and overshot the T intersection at the Warracknabeal to Minyip road at sufficient speed to leap over a large water channel and land nose first in a paddock.

Minyip, Warracknabeal and Beulah Police attended the scene, along with the Warracknabeal SES and Minyip CFA with Ambulance Victoria also in attendance.

It is understood the car launched over the embankment of a large 10ft channel, became airborne and impacted heavily in a paddock ending up facing the direction from which the driver came from.

The extensively damaged vehicle narrowly missed crashing into large sugar gum trees of the Minyip Avenue of Honour, when it left the road.

Police said the incident occurred in heavy fog and it is understood the car had green P plates displayed and that speed and alcohol may have a bearing in the crash.

Beulah police Leading S/C Shayne Riggall said the driver was most fortunate to have avoided the trees and that if the driver had hit the embankment even a metre to either side the matter could have been far more serious, police are still investigating
the incident.