Eight Killed In Tragic Weekend On Victorian Roads

"It was surreal, to have four women who looked like they were just asleep," assistant commissioner Doug Fryer said.

What you need to know
  • Four women are dead after a road accident on their way home from a line-dancing event in Western Victoria.
  • According to local media reports, they looked like they were sleeping, two of them holding hands when police found them.
  • Weekend crashes took the Victorian road toll for 2018 to 78.

Four women have been killed in a road accident on their way home from a line-dancing event in Western Victoria.

Elaine Middleton, Claudia Jackson, Tess Ely and Dianne Barr, aged between 64 to 75, were heading home when their car collided with a second vehicle about 6pm on Saturday.

The women, who had been dancing together for decades, all died at the scene from internal injuries.

Tess Ely from Hamilton was one of four women killed in a crash in Navarre on Saturday.

According to local media reports, they looked like they were sleeping, two of them holding hands when police found them.

Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer, who flew to the crash scene, described it as surreal and said it would haunt him for some time.

"Whilst horrific, it was surreal, to have four women who looked like they were just asleep. They died from internal injuries," he said.

"The image I won't forget was the driver was holding the hand of her front-seat passenger as she passed. It's that sort of image that my members, community members, the people who went to help, none of them will forget those sorts of images."

The four women were travelling in a Kia when it collided with another vehicle.

A second car being driven by a 64-year-old woman from Stawell allegedly sped through a stop sign and T-boned their Kia at the corner of Bains and Ararat-St Arnaud roads in Navarre.

She has been hospitalised with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to be charged.

The organisers of Cactus Moon Linedancing who run the event the women had attended at St Arnaud town hall released a statement on their Facebook page on Saturday.

Following the incident and multiple others, Victoria police are urging people to take care and stay safe after the deadly weekend on the road.

“If the message around safe driving isn’t getting through, have a look at this scene where you’ve got four women – friends, wives, mothers, and grandmothers, who simply have not made it home after having a great afternoon line dancing in the local community,” Fryer told reporters at the scene.

Within nine hours of the crash, two more people had died in separate incidents on country roads.

The four women died at the intersection of Ararat-St Arnaud Road and Bains Road in Navarre.

About 10.35pm on Saturday, a man died when his car veered off the Great Alpine Road near Bright in northeast Victoria and crashed into a tree.

At 2.30am on Sunday, another man lost control of his vehicle and drove off the road through a farm fence on South Mountain Road near Heathcote, central Victoria.

The man died but four passengers who were in the car were uninjured.

And a 58-year-old motorcycle rider died when his bike crashed into a bus at Preston in Melbourne’s northern suburbs at 2pm on Saturday.

The crashes took the Victorian road toll for 2018 to 78.