ONE year on from a horror smash that claimed the lives of six people and police say it was almost a case of déjà vu when two cars collided atArarat-Mortlake Rd on Saturday morning.
The crash happened at about 10.35am when a 21-year-old P-plate driver, who was on his way to the Dunkeld Cup, failed to give way at a stop sign and collided with a car carrying five people.
Five people were taken to hospital with serious injuries, including head and neck bruising and broken bones.
The p-plate driver was taken to the Ararat Police Station, where he recorded a blood-alcohol reading well above the .00 limit.
Despite not being on the scene, Hamilton Police Hwy Patrol Sergeant, Scott Williams said he ‘felt chills’ down his spine when he heard of the incident.
“To be honest when I heard about it I was crossed between feeling angry and dismayed,” Sgt Williams said.
“I’m angry at people for drink driving and not thinking about the consequences, but I’m also dismayed because we could have easily had the same outcome as we did 12 months ago.
“When I got told about the accident I literally felt chills down my spine, because it was like a sense of déjà vu.”
Hamilton Police attended last year’s fatal collision that claimed the lives of five young people and a 48-year-old Terang truck driver.
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