Police investigate Westbury fatal crash

The Victoria Police Major Collision Unit is investigating a fatal crash at Westbury yesterday morning.

A 17 year-old male died at the scene after the car he was a passenger in struck a tree and rolled several times.

The Toyota twin-cab utility was travelling west along Old Sale Road.

Police believe the 19 year-old female driver lost control of the vehicle on a bend shortly before 7am.

She was taken to Latrobe Regional Hospital to be treated for shock.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au

Bag taken from train

Police are looking for a group of people they would like to speak to about the disappearance of an overnight bag from a V/Line train.

On Sunday, 14 July a woman placed the fluorescent yellow bag in the luggage compartment of the V/Line train from Melbourne that arrived in Moe about 9.20pm.

She told police she went to collect the bag upon arriving at Morwell train station and noticed it had been stolen. 

The woman said she had observed a group of two teenagers and two adults sitting near the luggage storage area, some of whom had distinctive ‘Joker’-type face paint and are believed to be Caucasian.

One was carrying a small child or infant. 

The group disembarked at Moe Railway station.

Anybody with information should phone First Constable Mark Woodbridge at Moe Police Station on 5128 1100.

Petrol drive-off

Police are investigating a petrol drive-off from the Gunns Gully BP service station in Moe.

According to police, on Friday, 26 July, about 11.30pm a silver Holden Barina hatchback displaying stolen plates ‘TGY413’ drove off without paying for petrol.

Any witnesses or people with information about the vehicle, should phone Constable Rayne Gray at Moe Police Station on 5128 1100.

Fire recruits prove worth

Traralgon Fire Brigade’s newest recruits put their skills to the test yesterday when attending their first involved structure fire.

Callan Geer and Leon Morton were among crews from Traralgon, Traralgon East and Morwell who attended a unit fire at the corner of Furlonger and Cameron streets about 9.45, with Geer taking part in the initial firefight.

It took about 15 minutes to get the blaze under control and firefighters contained damage to a bedroom where the fire originated.

The rest of the unit sustained heat and smoke damage and there were no occupants in the home at the time.

“The new firefighters performed very well under the pressure,” leading firefighter Rohan Taylor said.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Bags lost on road 

Heyfield police are appealing for the public’s help to return lost bags to two Melbourne school children.

According to police, a group was travelling from Peninsula School in Mount Eliza to the Heyfield area for a school camp.

It is believed the latch on the trailer carrying the students’ luggage came loose between Cowwarr and Heyfield along the Traralgon Maffra Road and two duffell bags fell out.

One was navy blue and the other was purple, with both containing clothes and sleeping gear.

Anybody who is in possession of the bags or knows of their whereabouts should phone Heyfield Police Station on 5148 2202.

Moore Street theft 

Moe police are appealing for witnesses to a theft from a Moe camping goods store on Thursday, 25 July.

At 3.10pm a man walked into the front of Aussie Disposals on Moore Street, where he allegedly stole a beige-coloured backpack.

The man is described as Aboriginal, between 30 and 35 years old, 180 centimetres tall, medium build and wearing white shoes, blue jeans and a dark, hooded jumper.

He was accompanied by two other men.

Anybody with information should phone First Constable John Park at Moe Police Station on 5128 1100.

Roadwork speed warning

The Latrobe Highway Patrol and Moe police have advised the public that officers will be enforcing the 40 kilometre per hour speed limit currently in place in Coalville Road, Moe between Cemetery Road and Old Coalville Road. 

On Monday, police issued five infringement notices to drivers for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20km/h, which incurs a penalty of $189 and three demerit points.

The road works speed limit is expected to be in place for another two months and is applicable 24 hours a day due to the narrowness of the road.

“It is there for both the safety of the road workers and road users,” Sergeant Andrew McCrorey said.