Braidwood Road fatality: Crash unit investigates

Police are yet to identify the driver of a four-wheel drive killed in an accident west of Nowra on Monday morning.

Emergency services were called to the crash scene, approximately 10km from the intersection of Braidwood and Albatross roads, around 7.30am.

A four-wheel drive, travelling west and and a truck, towing a dog trailer, travelling east, collided at Yerriyong.

The collision caused extensive damage to both vehicles, with the truck leaving the road and travelling for around 50 metres before rolling. The cabin came to rest on its side and the trailer jackknifing near roadside bush.

The 65-year-old truck driver was trapped in the cabin with Ambulance Rescue paramedics having to cut him free of the wreckage.

He was stabilised at the scene and then airlifted by the NSW Ambulance Toll Rescue Helicopter to St George Hospital, suffering serious lower back, chest and pelvic injuries.

The driver of the car died at the scene and has not yet been identified.

The Crash Investigation Unit are at the scene and a brief will be prepared for the coroner.

Braidwood Road in closed between Albatross Road and Turpentine Road with local diversions are in place. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

This is the seventh fatality since Sunday on NSW roads.

A pedestrian died this morning at Karuah after a crash involving a truck on the Pacific Highway.

This followed a double fatality at Euston, which was an 18 year old man and a 67 year old woman die after a crash between two vehicles on the Sturt Highway. Two others were airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition.

A 19 year old woman died in Tamworth, after a crash on the Werris Creek Road, when the vehicle left the road, crashing into a tree.

In Tumut a 52 year old man died after his vehicle left the road. 

In Cameron Park a 17 year old learner motorcycle rider died after a crash on the M1 Motorway.

Assistant Comissioner Michael Corboy said crashes on rural roads are a tragic reminder of the risks for road users.

“To have seven lives lost since Sunday (16 July 2017) , two of those in the same crash, highlights the need for all road users to drive, ride, cycle, and walk to the conditions.

“Whilst these matters are current investigations, the likely causes of these crashes will be speed, people driving while they are tired, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seat belt or driving distracted by such things as a mobile phone.”

“These are the risks that continue to be an issue for all road users, and what Police continue to focus on, in the hope that we can change driver behaviour.”

“Now is the time for those on our roads to be fully responsible by; sticking to the speed limit, wearing a seat belt, driving to the conditions, being fit and able to drive, and not becoming distracted. By adhering to a few simple steps, road users can help us to drive down the road toll on NSW roads.”

The weekend’s fatalities bring the rural road toll to 152, compared to 49 in the Sydney metropolitan area.