An accident in the south of News South Wales near the border with the Australian Capital Territory has seen one man die despite the attention of paramedics after his car left the road.
Witnesses told police that the driver of a Ford Laser was travelling east in has car along Uriarra Road near the Davidson Street intersection in Queanbeyan at around 07:55 when his vehicle left the road.
It mounted the curb and collided with a pole at the side of the street with what bystanders described to reports from The Canberra Times as a sickening "crunch".
The only occupant of the Ford was a 65-year-old man, who suffered serious injuries during the impact.
Members of the public travelling along the road quickly stopped their vehicles and began to render assistance, removing the victim from the car and beginning resuscitation procedures.
They kept up the application of first aid until the arrival of emergency services, who took over the duties and transferred the man to an ambulance.
He was taken by paramedics to the nearby Canberra Hospital for treatment – however he was later pronounced dead.
Police are investigating the events leading up to the fatal car accident and are yet to announce what they believe to be the cause of the crash.
Initial reports indicate that the man's Ford was not being driven in an erratic manner and was obeying the speed limit before it veered from the road and collided with the pole.
This has been corroborated by witnesses who told police they did not hear the sound of brakes being activated before or after the car mounted the curb.
The road was closed for a number of hours to allow police to examine the scene for clues as to why the man may have suddenly veered off course before salvage crews were called in.
It is common in cases like this one for investigators to commandeer the vehicles involved in an accident to see if mechanical failure may have played a part in the collision.
While nobody else was injured in this crash, there are legal avenues available to pedestrian injury victims – even if the driver of the vehicle is not found to be at fault.
An extreme set of circumstances such as brake failure or the onset of an unforeseen medical condition can be grounds for a collision to be declared a no-fault accident.