A mother and child die in horror crash

A MOTHER and child died following a head-on collision on the Princes Highway at Rosedale, just before 2.30pm on Friday.

The child died at the scene, while the woman in her 40s was treated by paramedics on the roadside to no avail.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe two cars, one with a single occupant the other containing a man, a woman and three children, collided near Cricket St and Shaws Lane.

Two men, one aged in his late 40s, the other in his 20s, were airlifted to Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital in a critical condition.

Two children, aged 11 and four, were airlifted to Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

According to police, the 11-year-old sustained life threatening injuries, while the four-year-old’s injuries are classed as minor.

As investigations into the crash continue, police from the Major Collision Investigation Unit will focus on the fatal five factors that contribute to road trauma in the holiday season — speed, alcohol and drug driving, fatigue, driver distraction and seatbelt offences.

Police urge motorists to drive safely or stay off the road.

The highway was closed in both directions for a number of hours, with diversions in place.

The incident comes three weeks after another major collision at Flynn which resulted in the highway being closed for an extended period.