FOUR DEAD IN HORROR KAKADU CRASH
Speed, grog in fatal crash
SPEED and alcohol are “definitely” factors in the Territory’s worst fatality in years.
Four people, two men and two women, lost their lives in the single vehicle rollover on Thursday night.
A 49-year-old Aboriginal woman who was an occupant of the Nissan X-Trail was found injured and walking along the highway yesterday morning.
She was taken to Pine Creek for treatment.
The crash occurred on the Kakadu Hwy with police being alerted at 8.15am.
One of the women who died was found alive at the scene but died while being transported to the health clinic at Jabiru.
NT Police Northern Command Commander Tony Fuller said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
“Speed and alcohol was definitely a factor and it’s rolled multiple times,” he said.
“They’re (police) pretty confident that speed was a factor, from what I understand it will be (calculated by) how far the vehicle rolled into the bush. That will give them a fairly quick indication that speed was a factor.”
He said initial investigations had also indicated the occupants had been drinking prior to driving.
They were last seen at the Mark River Roadhouse at 8.30pm on Thursday.
Commander Fuller said it was a “horrible day”.
“It’s a pretty horrible day on the road for us,” he said.
“That takes our road toll up to 42 this year, compared to 23 last year. It’s a really horrific road toll this year.”
Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the group of five or passed the crash site to contact police.
In a separate incident, a 69year-old man died after a quad bike accident near Borroloola.
About 7pm on Tuesday the rider and a man, 20, on a motorbike, were returning to Borroloola along the Wollogorang Hwy. The 69-year-old lost control of the quad bike, which flipped and rolled on to him, knocking him unconscious for several minutes.
He was taken to the local clinic, however died.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.
IT was another dark day in the Territory yesterday with the loss of four lives in a single vehicle car crash in Kakadu. This is a tragedy at so many levels.
There is indescribable heartache for family and friends who are left grieving today at the loss of their loved ones.
Last night, Territory police were still trying to piece together the circumstances behind the crash, but they too as first responders are left to come to terms with the carnage that greeted them at the scene.
At this stage speed and alcohol are being investigated as the cause of the accident. Too often this is the deadly combination that tears families apart on our roads.
Time and time again police give warnings about the dangers of getting behind the wheel of a car if you are intoxicated. And time and time again this warning is ignored with tragic results.
With still almost three months before the year comes to an end, the Northern Territory’s road toll stands at an unacceptable 42 deaths. This is truly horrific. It is almost twice what it was for the same time last year.
The NT News is not going to call for tougher punitive action against motorists.
Our laws are tough enough and not all deaths are the result of a deadly cocktail of alcohol and for some people it doesn’t matter how tough the laws are they will be ignored.
We despair at the road toll, as we do about the loss of four more Territorians.
We appeal to everyone to think first before putting your life and more importantly the lives of others at risk by getting behind the wheel of your car when drunk.
Four people died when this Nissan X-Trail crashed 80km from Pine Creek