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Vic road deaths climb over holiday period

AAP logoAAP 27/12/2016 Kaitlyn Offer

A motorcyclist has died in hospital days after he collided with a kangaroo in regional Victoria.

The 61-year-old man was riding on Merriang Road, Beveridge, north of Melbourne at around 1.40am on December 18 when he hit the kangaroo and he died in hospital last Friday.

Police say after the crash he tried to pull over but fell from his bike and slid down an embankment.

Six men have died on the state's road over the holiday period.

A 48-year-old man died on Wednesday afternoon when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree along the Murray Valley Highway in Nataya.

Three men died on Tuesday - one crashed into a tree in Somerville, a motorcyclist died in Portarlington and another lost control of his car in Teddywaddy West.

On Boxing Day night, a man died after his ute collided with a petrol tanker at an intersection in Corio, near Geelong.

And a 37-year-old man died in hospital after his car left the road, ending up in the front yard of a house at Clunes on Christmas Day.

Victoria's road toll for 2016 stands at 288, compared to 249 deaths for the same time last year.

The AAP national road toll period runs from 0001 December 23, 2016 until 2359 January 3, 2017, local times.

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