A grey nomad has died in hospital after his ute and caravan were in collision with an overtaking semi-trailer near Berringama in northern Victoria.
It is believed the truck was trying to pass the four-wheel-drive and caravan on a stretch of the Murray Valley Highway known as Berringama straight. Police say the truck was overtaking the ute when the caravan struck the semi-trailer and forced the ute in front of the truck. Both vehicles then careered down an embankment on the side of the road, causing the truck to drive over the car and caravan.
The Border Mail newspaper reports that the caravan was barely recognisable among the wreckage and its contents were strewn across the road.
The 73-year-old male driver of the ute and his 69-year-old female passenger were trapped in their vehicle for more than two hours before being cut free.
The man was initially sent to Albury Base Hospital for assessment before being taken to The Alfred hospital where he later died. The female passenger was also seriously injured and was flown to Melbourne where she is still being treated.
The 56-year-old male truck driver was admitted to Wodonga Hospital with minor injuries.
Both the truck and the caravan had been heading east towards Corryong at the time of the accident last Saturday morning.
Close to 40 emergency services personnel including CFA, SES, police from Tallangatta and Corryong and ambulance and air ambulance attended.
Police are investigating speed and fatigue as contributing factors.
The Victorian road toll currently stands at 63 for the year.