Crash: 2 die, 1 in hospital
A 56-YEAR-old Byron Bay man died in a head-on collision about 10km south of Tenterfield yesterday morning.
He died at the scene when the white Holden Barina he was driving collided with a northbound Honda Jazz on the New England Highway about 10.15am, closing the highway for about seven hours.
A 65-year-old New England woman, who was the only occupant of the Honda Jazz, died a short time later at Tenterfield Hospital.
A 55-year-old woman passenger in the Barina was flown by Westpac Life Saver Helicopter to Gold Coast Hospital in a critical condition.
Detectives from Armidale are investigating the circumstances of the collision and are being assisted by the New England Local Area Command Forensic Services Group. Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
Police, paramedics, firefighters and the Tenterfield SES unit attended the crash scene.
It is the second fatal collision in the New England in five days.
New England Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Greig Stier said the three deaths on New England roads this week had reinforced the message of driver safety.
“The message is really quite clear, people have got to ensure that they plan their trips with plenty of breaks,” he said.
“Particularly with the weather conditions we’ve been experiencing over the last 10 days, we need to reiterate that people have got to take their time and drive to the conditions.
Police are urging drivers to drive to the conditions, plan their trips and take regular breaks from behind the wheel to ensure their safe arrival at their destination.
Anyone with information on yesterday’s accident is urged to contact Armidale Police on 02 6771 0699.