A man is in custody after an elderly couple died in a car crash south-east of Melbourne this afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the accident in Devon Meadows about 1.30pm.
Police believe a car was performing a u-turn on the South Gippsland Highway when it collided with another car travelling southbound about 1.25pm.
The elderly couple, aged in their mid-70s, died at the scene.
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“The driver of the second vehicle was uninjured and is assisting police with their enquiries,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
Inspector Jacki Kline said it was believed speed was a factor in the fatal crash, adding police were “seeing this all too often”.
“I’m shattered for the families involved,” she said.
“I’m shattered for police members that have to turn up to these scenes and then go on to deliver these terrible messages to families that just devastate them.
“It’s all completely preventable as well.”
There is a police presence on the South Gippsland Highway and the road is set to be closed southbound for some time while detectives examine the scene.
The road closure is between Manks Road and Baxter-Tooradon Road.
The Department of Transport has urged motorists to follow the direction of emergency services and to allow extra time when travelling in the area.
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“This closure is under Victoria Police control,” the department said.
“The road will re-open when investigations are complete and it’s safe to do so.”
Anyone who witnessed the crash, has dash cam footage or any information that could assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Internet Explorer Channel Network