Safety. Two men are lucky to be alive following a head-on collision in Stanley on Tuesday afternoon.
Smithton Police Sergeant Lee-Anne Walters said it was thanks to new vehicle technology that the accident was fatality free.
“Travelling at 100 kilometres an hour, we would have expected fatalities,” Sergeant Walters said.
“Late model vehicles with enhanced safety features have prevented further injuries.
“The vehicles have crumpled on impact; the design of them and the testing prevents [worse impact], they’re just designed to rip apart rather than pinning drivers.”
Emergency services were called to the scene on Stanley Main Road, between the township and Bass Highway, shortly after 2pm.
A white Volkswagen van travelling towards Stanley collided with a black Ford dual cab utility travelling south.
The van was being driven by a 48-year-old Kempton man, who had to be cut free from the vehicle.
A 38-year-old Edgcumbe Beach man was the driver of the black utility.
Both divers were the sole occupants of the vehicles and were transported by ambulance to the North West Regional Hospital with injuries.
The road was blocked for two hours and the vehicles involved were extensively damaged.
Police from Stanley Marine, Smithton, Accident Investigation and Public Order Response Team attended as well as Ambulance, SES and Fire personnel.