A collision in the north Hunter region of New South Wales has claimed the life of one driver and saw two vehicles erupt in flames.
Police say that the crash occurred at 06:30 on Thunderbolts Way five kilometres south of Uralla on November 22, with a southbound Ford Falcon connecting with a Mitsubishi Triton travelling in the opposite direction.
Both of the vehicles caught fire as a result of the impact and were still ablaze when a passer-by stopped at the scene.
The driver of the Triton – a male aged in his 30s – was helped from the burning wreckage by the timely motorist.
He was taken to the Tamworth Base Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter at around 07:30 for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
As a result of the accident the surviving driver suffered head wounds, minor burns, smoke inhalation and suspected spinal injuries.
Emergency services say that the sole occupant of the Falcon died during the high-speed collision and has yet to be identified.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, a spokesman said that they were expecting further information on the deceased later on today and had not been informed of any family members enquiring about the accident.
He asserted: "Because the vehicle was engulfed in flames, we are not able to determine the sex or age of the person."
Emergency crews closed Thunderbolts Way in both directions for a number of hours, with diversions through Kentucky on the New England Highway.
This allowed police officers from the New England Local Area Command and forensic crash investigators to examine the scene before salvage teams cleared the debris.
At this point it is unknown what caused the accident, though there are some reports that indicate speed may have been a factor.
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