Investigations are underway into whether an altercation with three other cars contributed to a ‘catastrophic’ crash that killed four teenagers less than 10 minutes later.
Four teens, including the 16-year-old driver, and passengers aged 15, 16, and 17, died after their Ford sedan lost control and hit a small truck at Truganina about 7.30pm on September 30.
The sedan had six young men inside and none were wearing seatbelts.
Police say there is ‘nothing at this time to indicate any culpability’ on behalf of the 28-year-old truck driver, who was also injured in the crash.
The Homicide Squad has been called in to assist Major Collision Unit investigators, with police now looking into an incident minutes before the crash.
CCTV footage has shown three cars (pictured) involved in an altercation with another vehicle in Melbourne’s west on September 30 – moments later four teenagers were killed after their sedan smashed head-on into a truck
The grey sedan (pictured) can be seen leaving the scene with haste – and driving on the wrong side of the road
At 7.22pm, police say ‘some type of altercation’ occurred involving people inside three other vehicles, a red Volkswagen Golf GTI, a blue Volkswagen Golf R and a red Holden VF Commodore.
Each of the vehicles contained ‘a number’ of men.
In CCTV footage, the sedan driven by the 16-year-old boy is boxed in by three cars on Derrimut Road outside the Tarneit Shopping Centre.
The sedan reverses, as several people jump out of the other vehicles and run towards it. It then crosses to the other side of the road and speeds off.
Police are investigating whether the incident is connected to the deadly crash and whether it contributed to ‘the way the victim’s vehicle was being driven’.
They are asking for anyone who was near Derrimut Road at that time to come forward.
At the time, Assistant Commissioner of Road Policing Glenn Weir described the crash as ‘catastrophic’.
Police said the sedan was heading east along Dohertys Road in Truganina in Melbourne’s west when it crashed head-on into the truck near Forsyth Road about 7.30pm on September 30.
Two of the car’s occupants died at the scene and another two were pronounced dead as they arrived at Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Fire Rescue Victoria said rescue crews pried the sedan driver and his five passengers from the car after all six trapped were inside the vehicle.
Images from the scene showed the sedan with its side doors removed.
Four teenagers were killed after the sedan they were travelling in crashed into a truck in Truganina in Melbourne’s west
Two of the car’s occupants died at the scene and another two were pronounced dead as they arrived in hospital
Fire Rescue Victoria said rescue crews pried the sedan driver and his five passengers from the car