One dead in Great Ocean Road cliff plunge

A MAN has been killed and a woman trapped for more than two hours after their car crashed through a barrier and plunged 90 metres down a cliff near Apollo Bay.

Victoria Police spokeswoman Kate Millar said the crash happened about 4.30pm at Cape Patton lookout at Wongarra on the Great Ocean Road.

CFA spokeswoman Andria Brown said the car went through the guard rail over a cliff.

She said the woman was freed at 6.35pm and was hoisted on a stretcher to the roadside.

The woman suffered a broken pelvis and leg, and chest injuries. She was flown to The Alfred hospital. The woman remains in a critical condition.

About 40 emergency services personnel were involved in the rescue and recovery, including three Apollo Bay and two Geelong CFA units.


Police are also investigating the circumstances of a separate fatality in the state’s north east.

A 72-year-old man was travelling in Ptrouses Road, North Bendigo, when his car struck a tree about noon.

The man, who police believe was the sole occupant of the vehicle, died at the scene.

Reports will be prepared for the coroner.

The two deaths bring the state’s road toll to 261, compared to 260 this time last year.