Long week­end of road car­nage

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

TWO peo­ple were killed and four oth­ers taken to hospi­tal fol­low­ing a hor­ror start to the long week­end on the state’s roads.

Po­lice are urg­ing mo­torists to take care after a man in his 60s was killed fol­low­ing a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent along Braid­wood Rd, Ner­riga, near Nowra, on Fri­day at 2.10pm.

His fe­male pas­sen­ger was taken to Can­berra Hospi­tal with non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries. The pair were driv­ing from Wol­lon­gong.

In a sec­ond crash in the state’s north, a 32-year-old Lis­more woman was killed after a head-on smash on Fri­day night along the Pa­cific High­way at Glenugie near Grafton.

All four oc­cu­pants of the other ve­hi­cle, which was headed south, in­clud­ing the 47-year-old male driver, were taken to hospi­tal with mi­nor in­juries.

“It is a tragic set of cir­cum­stances on the long week­end where ev­ery­one wants to ar­rive safely at their des­ti­na­tions,” Coffs Har­bour Po­lice Act­ing In­spec­tor Kings­ley Chap­man said. “Fa­tigue comes into play so if peo­ple are feel­ing tired we en­cour­age them to rest, stop in towns, re­cover and en­sure that they are safe to drive.”

Mo­torists took to so­cial me­dia to vent their anger over road­works in the area, with Si­mone Ma­ree say­ing: “Only last week I al­most ex­pe­ri­enced an ac­ci­dent in this area trav­el­ling north at Glenugie with another car driv­ing the wrong di­rec­tion on the high­way.

“There needs to be more sig­nage … My heart goes out to this woman and her fam­ily.”

Bells Line of Road in Kur­ra­jong Hills was closed for two hours on Satur­day after a three­ve­hi­cle col­li­sion about 12.40pm. There were no ma­jor in­juries.

Dou­ble de­mer­its will be in place un­til 11.59pm on Mon­day.

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