Sunday Territorian

Easter grief

Today, two Territory families will be planning funerals because of vehicle incidents


AS Australian­s celebrate Easter Sunday this morning, two Territory families will be mourning the loved ones whose lives were cut short this long weekend.

On Good Friday, a 27-year-old man was killed in an incident involving a quad bike and a motorbike on the Finke Track near Maryvale Rd, 35km from the Stuart Highway intersecti­on, outside of Alice Springs.

The quad bike rider died and the other rider was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

He is now recovering in a hospital in South Australia.

Early on Easter Saturday, another male died in another accident. About 6.30am, a vehicle with three passengers crashed about 6.5km east of Hermannsbu­rg.

One passenger was killed and the driver and other occupants were taken to hospital.

The deaths over the two days bring the NT’s 2023 road toll to five lives lost. Thankfully, this year’s toll is well down on last year when 13 people had been killed across the Territory in the first four months of 2022.

Across Australia, at least another seven people have been killed in road crashes.

Regardless of the statistics, every death is one death too many.

Today, two Territory families will be planning funerals.

And the first responders will also feel the traumatic impacts of road deaths this holiday period while the survivors of these accidents will carry physical and mental scars for some time.

Most road accidents happen because of driver error. That’s why police stress the importance of rememberin­g the ‘fatal five’ – speeding, driving under the influence, seatbelts, fatigue driving and distractio­ns.

Please only drive a vehicle or ride a motorbike if you know you and your passengers can get from A to B alive.

The last thing we want is to see another Territoria­n added to the 2023 road toll. Let’s make every life count.

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