NSW road toll stands at 201

A pedestrian has died after a crash involving a truck on the Pacific Highway at Karuah on Monday morning, July 17.

More than three times the number of lives have been lost in crashes on rural NSW roads when compared to the metropolitan area, prompting NSW Police to reinforce the unique risks of driving in country areas.

Provisional crash data indicates 201 lives have been lost on NSW roads this year.

Earlier Monday fatalities occurred at Yerriyong where a truck and car collided on the Braidwood Road, resulting in a fatality and at Karuah.

Since Sunday fatalities have occurred at;

  • Euston – An 18-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman died after a crash between two vehicles on the Sturt Highway. Two others were air lifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition.
  • Tamworth - a 19 year old woman died after a crash on the Werris Creek Road, where the vehicle left the road crashing into a tree.
  • Tumut - a 52 year old man died after his vehicle left the road.
  • Cameron Park - a 17-year-old learner motorcycle rider died after a crash on the m1 Motorway.

These events take the rural road toll to 152, compared to 49 in the Sydney metropolitan area.

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

"There have been 12 crashes this year resulting in multiple lives being lost in regional areas. This compares to 11 similar crashes for this time last year.

“There have been six crashes of this kind within the Sydney metropolitan area.

“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."