Nine lives lost on our roads is ‘nothing short of a tragedy’

Nine people have died on NSW roads over the weekend, prompting senior police to issue a warning to all road users to take responsibility on our roads.

Over the two days from Saturday November 4 to Sunday November 5 nine people lost their lives in five separate crashes across the state.

►About 11.10am on Saturday a 62-year-old woman died after she was struck by a car while crossing Fern Street at Gerringong.

►About 11.30am on Saturday, a 28-year-old man died after the utility he was driving and a truck crashed head-on on Pheasants Nest Road, Pheasants Nest.

►About 4pm on Saturday, an 85-year-old woman died after the car she was driving left the roadway and hit a tree on South Street, Tuncurry.

►About 5.50pm on Saturday, a 45-year-old man and his passenger, a 48-year-old man, both died after the utility they were in left the roadway and rolled on the Cobb Highway, Wanganella.

►About 7am on Sunday 5 a 30-year-old man died, after the car he was driving left the roadway and hit a tree, on the Old Hume Highway at Berrima.

►About 10.30am yesterday a 64-year-old man died after the motorcycle he was riding left the roadway and crashed at Smith Creek Road, Stokers Sliding.

►About 5.30pm on Sunday, an eight-year-old boy and a 27-year-old woman both died after they were struck by a truck on the M1 at Cameron Park.

Investigations into the crashes are continuing.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said the loss of nine lives in one weekend must serve as a reminder for people to take personal responsibility for their actions.

“To lose nine lives in the course of two days on our roads is nothing short of a tragedy.  Nine more lives lost means that we have now lost 332 lives on our roads already this year.

“The greatest tragedy is that many of the lives lost on our roads were avoidable if people took personal responsibility for their actions, and drive to the conditions especially in wet weather.

“All road users need to slow down, take a break when they are tired, wear a seatbelt, avoid distractions, and avoid drinking and driving, or I fear that many more lives will be lost,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to these incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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