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Tragic development after major car crash

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Twenty people have been involved in a multi-car crash on the Western Freeway. Picture: VicRoads

One person is fighting for life, while another 19 have been taken to hospital after a multi-car crash west of Melbourne.

Paramedic crews rushed to the scene at the Western Freeway where at least 20 people have been involved in a crash near Myrniong just before 6pm on Monday.

One person is in a critical condition and another is in a serious condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as of 10pm.

Another 18 were taken to hospitals across the state, according to Ambulance Victoria.

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Traffic piled upa fter a multi-car crash on the Western Freeway in Melbourne. Picture: Nine
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The Western Freeway is closed in both directions. Picture: VicRoads
At least twenty people have been treated by paramedics after a multi-car crash west of Melbourne, with two people rushed to hospital. Picture: Nine News
At least twenty people have been treated by paramedics after a multi-car crash west of Melbourne, with two people rushed to hospital. Picture: Nine News

The Western Freeway is closed in both directions between Bacchus Marsh and Ballan.

Motorists heading towards Ballarat will be sent off the freeway at Bacchus Marsh where they will need to take a lengthy detour using Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road into Geelong, then Geelong-Ballan Road.

Those heading towards Melbourne will be sent off the freeway at Greendale-Myrniong Road to take the Old Western Highway and Pentland Hills Road.

For drivers leaving Melbourne, wider detours should be considered.

More to come.