Malaysian tourists injured in road crash near Melbourne


MELBOURNE: Eight Malaysian tourists have been injured after the van they were in rolled into a drain there.

The Australian Associatd Press (AAP) said the tourists, all in their early 20s, were on the Bass Highway near French Island when their van veered off the road and struck a guard rail before rolling into a drain about 6pm yesterday.

Police said the vehicle landed on its roof and became partly submerged.

The driver and passengers were able to get out of the car before emergency crews arrived. A woman suffered spinal injuries and was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital in a non life-threatening condition.

Five men and two other women were taken to Dandenong and Monash hospitals.

The Bass Highway north-bound was closed for about 30 minutes to allow the air ambulance to land. – Bernama