Crash carnage

A man who appeared to be hundcuffed on the ground.Picture: CHANNEL NINE

By Brendan Rees

Two people have died while a teenager is fighting for her life following a two car collision in Cranbourne on Sunday 11 August.

Police say one the cars, a blue Commodore, was believed to have been stolen before the vehicles collided on South Gippsland Highway near Camms Road just after 4pm.

The driver of the Commodore, a 20-year-old Frankston man attempted to flee the scene before being taken down by a Good Samaritan.

Police say the man was restrained by a passer-by until police arrived and was in hospital under police guard.

Of the four passengers in the allegedly stolen vehicle, an 18-year-old Cranbourne woman and a 16-year-old Frankston boy, died at the scene.

A 17-year-old Frankston North girl remains in a critical condition and an 18-year-old Baxter man was treated for minor injuries.

The driver of the Holden Captiva, a 39-year-old Lynbrook woman, and her passengers, a 6-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl, all of Lynbrook are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Greg, whose friend’s niece died at the scene, described the incident as “sad” and “disturbing.”

“It was a tragedy,” he said.

He said the wreckage left bits of debris “all over the place” on the highway.

“It was a bit of a mess,” he said, when he arrived at the scene about two hours after the crash.

“There was a door on the side of the road – the first thing I noticed.

“Whether they ripped that off (using) jaws-of-life to get them out I don’t know,” Greg said, who asked not to publish his surname.

“I reckon it must have been flying that stolen car.”

He said emergency service workers were also “everywhere” with roads blocked off in all directions.

Dramatic footage appeared to show a handcuffed man on the ground while being guarded by police.

The South Gippsland Highway was closed in both directions between Camms Road and Duff Street until the next morning.

Narre Warren State Emergency Service volunteers also helped with lighting and crime scene preservation through the night.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating.

Any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

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