A man has been charged after two women were killed in a crash involving a semi-trailer in Victoria’s west on Tuesday afternoon.
The semi-trailer was travelling north along the Western Highway near Laharum, about 40 kilometres south of Horsham, when it crashed into the rear of a Holden sedan turning into a rest stop about 12.20pm, Victoria Police allege.
The car was allegedly pushed into oncoming traffic and collided with the passenger side of another vehicle, a Toyota sedan, which was travelling in the opposite direction.
The female driver, a 71-year-old from Horsham, of the oncoming car and the female passenger, 42 from Ararat, of the turning car died at the scene. The 36-year-old male driver of the turning vehicle, from Black Range, sustained life-threatening injuries.
He was flown to Royal Melbourne Hospital, where police said he remains in a critical but stable condition.
The driver of the truck, a 48-year-old Dartmoor man who was uninjured in the crash, was arrested at the scene on Tuesday.
On Wednesday afternoon, police said he had since been charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing death, and one count of dangerous driving causing serious injury.
He was bailed to face Horsham Magistrates’ Court on January 31, 2022.