Four die on country roads in horror weekend

Four die on country roads in horror weekend


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Two people have died in a collision on the Sturt Highway. The road was closed for at least 11 hours. Picture: Melanie Whiting

Two people have died in a collision on the Sturt Highway. The road was closed for at least 11 hours. Picture: Melanie Whiting

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Four people lost their lives on NSW roads yesterday.

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A 19-year-old Quirindi woman was one of four people to have tragically lost their lives on country roads this weekend.

The woman died in a single-vehicle accident.

A Hyundai hatch was travelling south on Werris Creek Road, 2km south of Duri at about 6.40am Sunday, when investigations suggest the vehicle hit a duck, which was on the road.

The vehicle then left the road and crashed into a tree, police allege.

Witnesses and police attempted to revive the woman, but she died at the scene.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

In Tumut, a 52-year-old man was also killed in a single-vehicle car crash.

Emergency services responded to the incident on Sunday. 

They were alerted about 2.30am after the man failed to arrive for work. 

The 52-year-old's vehicle left the road and caught fire after swerving to avoid a dead kangaroo on the Gocup Road. 

Two people were also killed on the Sturt Highway near Euston following a head-on at about 6:45am on Sunday.

A utility and a sedan were travelling near the intersection of Tarpaulin Road, 35km west of Euston, when the collision occurred. 

Debris from the crash at Euston. Picture: NSW Police

Debris from the crash at Euston. Picture: NSW Police

The female utility driver and sole occupant died at the scene and a male rear seat passenger of the sedan also died. 

The sedan driver and a second male sedan passenger both sustained critical injuries. 

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said driving on rural roads presented a different set of challenges to road users.

“The causes of these collisions are still being investigated but these tragedies should serve as a reminder of the need for road users to anticipate unexpected hazards such as animals and slowing down if you are not used to driving on dirt or gravel roads,” he said.

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