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Two dead in motorcycle collision
Two people have died in a traffic accident on Westall Road Extension in Dingley this morning.
The rider of a motorcycle and his male pillion passenger, both believed to be aged in their early 20s, died at the scene after colliding with a truck at around 7:45am this morning.
Victoria Police Senior Sergeant Simon Humphrey told Neil Mitchell the bodies were yet to be identified.
Mr Humphrey said witnesses indicated speed was a possible factor.
MICA Paramedic who attended the scene, Al Gailey, told Neil Mitchell when he arrived the driver of the motorcycle was already deceased, with crews working on the passenger for ten to fifteen minutes before pronouncing him dead.
An off-duty nurse and doctor assisted paramedics at the scene.
The area is a construction zone and has a 40 kilometre per hour speed limit.
Accident on Westall Road extension. (Photo: C Michell)
Mark told Neil Mitchell he witnessed the motorcycle fly past him.
"The car made a right-hand turn into Westall Road from Rowans Road and the motorbike undertook another car in the outside lane and just slammed into the side of a truck full throttle," he said.
Mark said a nurse and doctor worked on one of the riders at the scene. He said he also consoled the driver of the truck who told him, he tried to miss the motorbike, but it came at him too fast.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au
LISTEN: Mark speaks with Neil Mitchell:
I really hate the way that 3AW reported this crash all day as the motorcycle was hit by a truck , it wasnt , the truck was hit by the motorcycle. Im a truck driver and daily motorcycle rider. I also hate the way Mitchell loves blaming trucks any chance he gets.Rick Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 5:35 PM
Riders are not allowed to lane split. Rule 146 states that you must stay completely in one lane while driving, unless there is an obstruction.
Any road user travelling at a speed so vastly different to every other road user is bound to come to grief.Alan Quarendon Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 4:53 PM
What this rider did is common and can be fatal,if something goes wrong too fast to stop also!Mexican Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 3:00 PM
Carol,This was no accident it was a "CRASH".?????IAN Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 1:39 PM
How does lane splitting even come into this? If the bike was lane splitting as they were going through the intersection the truck was going to cut off the other car, If the bike did lane split to get in front of the car he would of been completely visible to the truck and the truck simply cut off the bike.
Whatever way you cut it the bike was going straight the truck was turning.
This story stinks the motorcyclist is the victim here.Michael Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 12:22 PM
No, lane spliiting is not illegal. It is not clearly defined in any law, and is one of the most miss-understood subjects on the face of the earth today. As a motorcycle rider, who practices Lane Filtering quite often I offer this solution - Promote to riders the safe way to do it, and make that information public - as they do in the UK, where the police actually teach riders how to do it, have doctrine written about it etc. All riders filter at one time or another. Some, just don't understand or know how to do it safely. Filtering requires an understanding of car driver behaviour, an ability to recognise situations and locations where more caution must be exercised. No amount of enforcement or changing the law is going to make any difference. Teach riders the safe techniques to apply when practicing the art of Lane Filtering and perhaps we will see less accidents like this one today. An tell car drivers to expect to see riders Lane Filtering, so that they can look out for riders filtering from behind them.John Karmouche Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 11:46 AM