Three killed in two separate Boxing Day crashes

FIVE people have died in road crashes in New South Wales, just three days into the official holiday road toll period, police reported on Boxing Day.

The toll reached five after three people were killed in two separate crashes on Boxing Day morning.

A man died after the car he was driving collided with another car in Sydney's west about 6.50am.

The driver of the second car was also taken to hospital suffering shock.

Two people were killed in the second Boxing Day crash, when a seven-seater Nissan Patrol carrying eight people, rolled about 6km north of Holbrook on the Hume Highway.

While the man and a woman were killed in the Patrol accident, another passenger was airlifted from the scene with serious injuries.

The fourth passenger was taken to Albury Base Hospital, and then airlifted to Melbourne with serious injuries while another two passengers and the driver were taken to Albury with minor injuries and shock.

The two Boxing Day crashes bring the NSW holiday road toll to five, four fewer deaths than the same period last year.

The road toll was updated as police continued Operation Safe Arrival, a state-wide roads operation.

Starting last Friday, the operation has already recorded 246 people injured in 760 road crashes in the past five days.

In the first five days of the operation, police have conducted 162,597 breath tests and 288 charges were laid across the state.

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