Man dies following Tullamarine crash

A MAN has died following a serious collision in Tullamarine this morning.

The man, believed to be aged in his 30s, died in hospital this afternoon as a result of injuries sustained in the collision between a black Mitsubishi Magna station-wagon and a truck about 9.25am at the intersection of Lambeck Drive and Annadale Road.

Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp said a police member had engaged in a five-minute pursuit with the station-wagon 10 minutes before the collision.

About 9.10am, a police member saw the vehicle travelling south on Lancefield Road, exceeding the 100km/h speed limit.

Assistant Commissioner Crisp said the member tried to stop the vehicle but ‘cancelled’ the pursuit after five minutes because of the driver’s ‘behaviour’. ‘‘At the end of that five-minute period, the member decided, based on the speed and the driving behaviour of the person in the vehicle, that it was time to call off the pursuit.

‘‘The member did that of his own accord.’’ Assistant Commissioner Crisp said the vehicle was also travelling on the wrong side of the road.

It is believed the station-wagon was involved in a minor crash with a vehicle on South Centre Road before colliding with the truck a short time later.

Police said the vehicle was travelling at excessive speed when it collided with the truck.

Assistant Commissioner Crisp said the driver of the wagon was trapped for about 20-30 minutes before being airlifted to The Alfred hospital.

The truck driver was not injured.

Assistant Commissioner Crisp said: ‘‘We’re not happy in this particular time in terms of the fact that we’ve got an injured person.

‘‘At this point in time I’m satisfied with the behaviour and actions of the police member involved.’’

The Major Collision Investigation Unit will investigate the incident, with oversight by the Ethical Standards Department.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Information to Crime Stoppers, 1800333000 or visit their website here.