The man who was initially blamed for running a grey nomad couple off the road sparking a fiery crash in Victoria last week did absolutely nothing wrong, according to a friend of his friend who was on the scene.
Jon Curry, has told the Riverine Herald that he was following behind his 37-year-old friend when the accident occurred.
He said his friend was driving a black LandCruiser towing a ski boat and moved to overtake a red Toyta LandCruiser that was towing a white caravan.
According to initial reports, the red LandCruiser and caravan were forced off the road and then caught fire.
“I was behind them when it happened and the caravan was loaded and became unstable on the road,” Mr Curry told the Riverine Herald. “It was no fault of his at all.”
The male driver of the car, a 73-year-old man and his 71-year-old female passenger both suffered serious injuries and were airlifted to hospital.
“I was first on the scene and grabbed my fire extinguisher from my jetski and tried to put the fire out but it was too small,” said Mr Curry. “I pulled the man out of the car before it burst into flames … the man had a bad gash on his head and didn’t look too good, the woman didn’t seem too bad as she was walking around.
The Riverine Herald reports that the elderly man is in a critical condition awaiting spinal surgery while the woman is in a serious but stable condition.
“The first we heard that police were looking for the driver was on Facebook that night,” Mr Curry told the newspaper. “When we saw that we rang police immediately and they told us investigators would call us back in the morning.”
Police then released a statement saying the man had handed himself in.
“We told police what happened and they released him without charge,” Mr Curry said. “He’s being blamed for all this when its not his fault … he’s not doing too well at the moment.”
Acting Sergeant Rebecca Watkins of Mansfield police told the Riverine Herald that police were still investigating the crash.
She confirmed police had spoken to the man and he had been released pending further inquiries. No charges have been laid at this stage.
“The collision is still an active investigation,” she said. “We are still taking statements from others involved and we are attempting to locate other witnesses to obtain statement from them.”