Australia: Victoria Police are investigating the death of a driver in an apparent single vehicle incident in Melbourne’s north east. This is the latest fatality in a string of deadly accidents that have seen a rise in deaths in 2016.
The car showed extensive impact damage and was completely destroyed by fire. The vehicle may have been traveling west along Progress Road before traveling over a roundabout and hitting a solid rock embankment at some speed.
The driver is yet to be identified and crews remain on scene. Emergency vehicles at the scene:
- At least 3 Victoria Police vehicles
- One Sprinter Ambulance & one Ford Territory response vehicle from Ambulance Victoria
- Multiple CFA and MFB appliances – hydrant water supply was readily available
Our thoughts are with the family involved and the 20 – 30 emergency service personnel that attended tonight. Debrief is essential for personnel who attended. Ask R U OK?
While sadness and other feelings are expected after attending an incident like this, mental health awareness is critical. Often, it is not a single event that cause a physiological crisis for emergency service staff. Rather, a buildup of incidents may lead to ‘the straw that breaks the camels back.’
Check on your mates, your partners, your crew. Stress and fatigue can present in many different forms. It’s important to speak to someone. Use your department’s support services or contact Beyond Blue, Lifeline 13 11 14 or call triple zero if life is in danger.
There will be more than one of the 20 – 30 volunteers and career staff having difficulty sleeping tonight. And the Officers that have have knock on a door somewhere and devastate a family – they will never forget tonight.
Take care all.