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Driver dies in head-on collision in Melbourne and highway shut down as off-duty cop arrests motorist

Woman, 43, is killed in a head-on collision in Melbourne and busy highway is shut down as off-duty cop arrests driver over horror crash

  • Woman, 43, killed and three people injured after horror crash in Melbourne
  • Nepean Highway closed for most of the day after pile-up involving four vehicles 
  • Driver who allegedly crossed into oncoming traffic arrested by off-duty cop
  • Two men and another woman injured and taken to hospital in stable conditions 

A woman has been killed and another motorist has been arrested after a horror head-on crash on a busy highway which has caused peak hour chaos.

Emergency services remain at the scene on the Nepean Highway in Seaford in Melbourne’s south-east on Thursday morning.

Police were told a southbound vehicle crossed into northbound lanes of the highway and collided head-on into a vehicle just after 6.30am. 

The sole occupant of the northbound car, a woman, 43, from Mount Martha died at the scene.

‘She really didn’t stand a chance,’ Detective Senior Sergeant Brad McArthur told ABC radio.

A woman has died following a horror  four car pile-up in Melbourne’s morning peak hour

Three other people were injured in the horror pile-up, which police confirmed involved four vehicles. 

The driver of the southbound vehicle was arrested by an off-duty member at the scene before taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Paramedics treated three people at the scene. 

‘A man was taken to the Alfred Hospital in a stable condition. A woman in her 20s and a man in his 30s were both taken to Frankston Hospital in a stable condition,’ an Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia. 

Three people were treated at the crash scene (pictured) and taken to hospital

Three people were treated at the crash scene (pictured) and taken to hospital

Victoria Police haven’t released any details about the driver who was arrested.

Detective Senior Sergeant McArthur told ABC radio police received calls about a Nissan Navara ute involved in the accident, was allegedly seen driving erratically in a nearby suburb.

A police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia no charges have yet been laid. 

Lanes in both directions on the Nepean Highway are currently closed from Eel Race Road and Station Street.

The highway will remain closed until 2pm Thursday while Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives examine the crash scene.

Melbourne's Nepean Highway will remain closed on both directions until 2pm

Melbourne’s Nepean Highway will remain closed on both directions until 2pm

Vic Traffic advises motorists to use the Frankston or Mornington Peninsula freeways as alternative routes and to allow extra time.

The fatality takes Victoria’s 2019 road toll to 249, up from 198 at the same time last year.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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