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Man dies in hospital following Middle Creek crash

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An Ararat man has died in hospital after a two-car collision near Beaufort.

Police say a white Ford sedan was stationary on the dirt shoulder on the left-hand side of the Western Highway at Middle Creek at around 1.00pm last Thursday (July 5), when the driver attempted to perform a U-turn across the west-bound lanes, driving into the path of a black Range Rover station wagon.

The Range Rover crashed into the driver's side doors of the sedan, leaving the 49-year-old trapped in the car for almost an hour before he was freed by the SES.

The Ford driver was flown to The Alfred Hospital in a critical condition with head and chest injuries but died yesterday (July 12).

The driver and sole occupant of the Range Rover, a 66-year-old man from South Australia was uninjured.

It is the 107th death on the state's roads this year, 22 down on the same time last year (129).

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