AFL legend Danny Frawley has died after a crash near Ballarat this afternoon.
Frawley, the longest-serving captain at St Kilda and Saints Hall of Fame member, was driving a white utility on Old Melbourne Road near Millbrook about 1.40pm before it left the road and hit a tree.
Nicknamed 'Spud', the champion footballer, who also coached Richmond for four seasons, grew up in Bungaree and was recruited to the AFL after his schooling at St Patrick's College.
"The St Patrick's College community is devastated by the tragic death of Old Collegian and inducted College Legend Danny Frawley," the college said in a statement.
"Danny was a student at the College from 1976 to 1979 and was among the very first Old Collegians inducted as a Legend of the Old Collegians Association in 2002.
"Throughout his incredible football and media career Danny has forever been a passionate, present and vocal advocate of St Patrick's College, and often offered his services to assist in our 1st XVIII program.
"The College will offer its hand of care and support to Danny's immediate family including wife Anita, daughters Chelsea, Danielle and Keeley, mother Shirley and his extended family and friends at this terrible time."
Superintendent Jenny Wilson said her thoughts were with the family.
"At this stage, as normal, police are going through contacting the next of kin," she said at a press conference at Gordon Police Station.
"All in all it's another tragic event for the community."
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Police continue to investigate the crash, which occurred near Ryans Road on Old Melbourne Road in Millbrook. They refused to say if speed was a factor.
"Of course this matter will proceed to the Coroners Court and in time to come we will be conducting a thorough investigation," Superintendent Wilson said.
Police say the road is expected to be opened "within the next couple of hours".
Superintendent Wilson told The Courier it was a touch day for emergency services crews.
"The impacts of these incidents not only impact the family and community that are involved, but they impact the members involved," she said.
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UPDATE, 5pm: A press conference will be held at Gordon Police Station at 5.30pm.
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UPDATE 3.15pm: Police have confirmed that a man has died at the scene of a single car crash this afternoon on the Old Melbourne Road near Millbrook.
A police spokesperson said it is believed the vehicle left the road near the intersection of Old Melbourne Road and Ryans Road.
The male driver is yet to be identified while the cause of the crash is still being investigated.
The road remains closed in both directions and drivers are urged to seek alternative routes.
UPDATE 2.45pm: THE Old Melbourne Road is blocked in both directions near Gordon after a serious crash this afternoon.
It is understood a driver in a utility has crashed into a tree near Ryans Road.
Police, ambulance and fire services are on the scene and are working to free the driver, believed to be the only person in the car.
It is understood that the road was mostly dry at the time of the crash and the accident has happened near a bend, but it is believed that it was not at a dangerous corner where the crash took place.
EARLIER: Emergency services are on the scene of single car accident on the Old Melbourne Road at the corner of Ryans Road, near Millbrook.
There are reports that the car went into a tree about 1.40pm.
It has been reported that there is smoke coming from the car.
It is believed that at least one occupant is trapped in the vehicle with emergency services urging motorists to avoid the area if possible.
The condition of the occupants is unknown.