Three generations of one family were travelling in a car involved in a fatal four-vehicle smash on the NSW Pacific Highway that claimed the life of a 72-year-old woman.
In the car with the woman who died was a six-year-old girl, who was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition, a 45-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy who escaped injury.
It’s believed the 72-year-old was in the back seat, with the 45-year-old woman at the wheel.
The collision on Tuesday morning involved a B-Double, two cars and a ute near Telegraph Point, on NSW’s mid-north coast, with another car struck by debris, police say.
All the other drivers – aged 78, 47 and 30 – have undergone mandatory blood and alcohol testing, as officers investigate what led to the deadly crash, police told AAP on Wednesday.
The crash happened on a horror stretch of the Pacific Highway, with locals taking to social media demanding the road be upgraded.
“As a member of the local emergency services and someone who travels over this section of highway on my way to work, I also have become concerned with the number of accidents here … I know that driving on that section seems (in my case anyway) to cause fatigue,” one local wrote.
“It’s about time they fix the part of the highway! How many people have to be injured or lost their lives before something is done about it,” another despaired.
A Transport for NSW spokesman says in the five years to 2016 there were 54 crashes recorded on the section of the Pacific Highway from north of the intersection with Hastings River Drive to Telegraph Point.
Three of these crashes were fatal.
However, he said there had been no crashes recorded in the previous five years at the location of Tuesday’s incident.
Meanwhile, a man has died in a two-vehicle collision on the Hume Highway near Marulan in the NSW southern tablelands.
A heavy vehicle and a car, both travelling north, collided at 5am on Wednesday.
A 40-year-old male passenger of a Hyundai sedan died at the scene, police said, while the other occupants – a 46-year-old male driver and a 14-year-old boy – were uninjured. The 65-year-old truck driver also escaped injury.