Major Collision Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal crash in Gordon this afternoon.
Emergency services were called after a car travelling on the Western Highway, near the Chapman overpass, hit a car stopped in the right-hand running lane of the road about 3.10pm.
The driver of the stopped car, a 53-year-old Drouin woman, unfortunately died at the scene.
A passenger in the stopped car, a 70-year-old Drouin man, was out of the vehicle when the crash occurred and was uninjured.
The driver of the second car, a 20-year-old Ballarat woman, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The exact circumstances of the crash are unknown and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have dash cam footage, is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
For the current provisional lives lost tally please see https://www.police.vic.gov.au/news