A DRIVER is lucky to be alive after ploughing into a tree near Cowwarr just before 6am Friday morning.
The man, aged 30, had to be freed from his blue Ford sedan before being transported by air ambulance in an induced coma, suffering lower body injuries.
Police said the motorist was travelling from Traralgon when he crossed to the wrong side of the road and crashed at high speed into a large tree about 200 metres east of the Traralgon-Maffra Rd and Toongabbie-Cowwarr Rd intersection.
SES and CFA crews worked for more than an hour to free him, totally dismantling the vehicle using the jaws of life.
Police are seeking witnesses or drivers with dash camera footage who were travelling between Traralgon and Cowwarr before the collision.
Investigations into the collision are continuing, and information can be forwarded to Sale police station on 51422 200, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000