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Seven dead following horror weekend on our roads

Macquarie National News

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Six crashes have claimed seven lives on New South Wales roads across a horror weekend.

At about 6.30 on Sunday night, a Holden Commodore veered off Burley Griffin Way near Temora, hitting a tree and bursting into flames.

The driver and a male passenger died at the scene.

Earlier, a car carrying four people crashed into a tree at Tomago near Port Stephens, trapping the occupants.

The male driver and two passengers were rushed to hospital in a serious condition while a woman died at the scene.

On Saturday, emergency services responded to four fatalities, making it seven deaths on our roads in one weekend.

354 people died on NSW roads in 2018 – 35 less than the year before.

 

POLICE RUNDOWN

TEMORA: Two people died following a single-vehicle crash in the state’s Riverina region. About 6.30pm yesterday (Sunday 6 January 2019), emergency services were called to Burley Griffin Way, about 5kms east of Temora, and found a Holden Commodore had left the road and hit a tree before being engulfed in flames. The driver and his male passenger died at the scene.

PORT STEPHENS: Just after 5pm yesterday (Sunday 6 January 2019), emergency services were called to Tomago Road, near Tomago, after a sedan had left the road and hit a tree, trapping the occupants. A 68-year old female passenger was freed from the vehicle. Despite attempts to resuscitate her, she died at the scene. The 69-year-old male driver and two passengers were freed and taken to John Hunter Hospital, all in a serious condition.

WIRRIMAH (near Young): Just before 7am Saturday 5 January 2019, emergency services were called to Scenic Road, Wirrimah, about 30km north of Young, and found an unregistered Toyota Corolla had left the road, hit a road sign before coming to rest against a tree. The driver, and only occupant, a man believed to be aged in his 30s, died at the scene.

LUCAS HEIGHTS: Shortly before 2.30pm Saturday 5 January 2019, emergency services were called to New Illawarra Road, near Heathcote Road, after reports three vehicles had collided. The male driver of a 4WD, believed to be in his 50s, died at the scene.

DUBBO: About 1pm Saturday 5 January 2019, emergency services were called to Goolma Road, Wellington, 50km south of Dubbo, after a small hatchback left the road and rolled. A three-year-old girl sustained critical injuries and died at the scene. A front-seat passenger, a woman aged 28, was injured and airlifted to Westmead Hospital; the driver, a woman aged 32, was taken to hospital

CLIFDEN (near Grafton): About 2.45pm Saturday 5 January 2019 a man died and five people were injured – one seriously – when two vehicles collided head-on north of Grafton. The crash happened on the Summerland Way at Clifden, 20km north of Grafton, when a northbound 4WD towing a trailer and a southbound white sedan collided in the northbound lane. The man driving the sedan died at the scene; his wife was trapped for almost two hours before being released and airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital in a serious condition.

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