Coney Hatch’s Carl Dixon In Critical Condition After Crash


April 15, 2008

A popular Canadian singer/song writer remains in a critical condition after a head-on smash at Ballan on Monday.

Carl Dixon, 40, who was in Australia to record an album for television series The Saddle Club was airlifted to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne after the accident Monday night.

His daughter Lauren, 12, plays the lead role of Stevie in the series, which is being filmed at Daylesford.

Dixon was a member of the Toronto band Coney Hatch in the 1980s and has toured with The Guess Who and was to play shows in the United States this week.

He is also a radio host in Canada at Canoe FM and acts as the station’s music director according to the The Toronto Star.

According to reports in Canadian newspaper The Toronto Star, the accident happened while Dixon was travelling from a studio to Daylesford, where he was recording part of an album he was working on for the series.

He suffered serious injuries, including broken bones, head and facial injuries and was last night in a critical but stable condition.

Staff at the Daylesford production office yesterday remained tight-lipped about the identity of the injured man, but confirmed they knew him.

Canadian consulate staff were also tight-lipped late last night.

A consular official spokeswoman confirmed the Canadian man hurt in Monday night’s accident was an “artist”, but would not elaborate until family in Canada had been spoken to about the accident.

However, his identity was revealed in the The Toronto Star late last night after Canadian journalists spoke to his other daughter Carlin.

Dixon’s family spent yesterday at his hospital bedside. Carlin, was reportedly flying to Australia last night.

Ballan Police are appealing for any witnesses to the accident that also left the driver of the other vehicle, a 32-year-old Jan Juc man, with serious injuries at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Witnesses can call Ballan Police on 5368 1303 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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