Two die after highway crash
A MAN and a woman have died from a crash on the New England Highway about 1km south of Tenterfield about 10.15am.
The collision occurred between a Holden Barina heading south and a Honda Jazz sedan travelling north.
The Barina driver, a 56-year-old North Coast man, died at the scene. His front-seat passenger, a 55-year-old North Coast woman, was treated at the scene and flown to the Gold Coast Hospital by helicopter in a serious condition.
The Honda driver, a 68-year-old woman from the New England Region, was treated at the scene and taken to Tenterfield Hospital, where she later died.
The New England Highway was blocked in both directions after the crash.
One lane of the New England Highway reopened one kilometre south of Tenterfield after the fatal car accident.
Emergency crews remained on site, and northbound and southbound motorists were allowed through under stop/slow conditions.
This is the second fatal motor vehicle collision in the New England Region over the past five days.
Detectives from Armidale are investigating the circumstances of the collision. They are being assisted by the Forensic Services Group.