Hume Highway accident traps driver, claims life of passenger

Date: Aug 18, 2011

A crash on the Hume Highway near Holbrook has resulted in the death of one passenger near the NSW-Victoria border at 07:00 on Wednesday (August 17).

Police say the accident occurred when a Holden Commodore travelling north on the major roadway allegedly collided with the driver’s side of a Daewoo hatchback travelling in the opposite direction.

It is understood that the hatchback was overtaking a B-double semi-trailer at the time of the accident and the impact forced the smaller car into the large truck.

As a result, the passenger in the front seat of the Commodore – a man in his 30s – suffered serious wounds from the crash and died at the scene.

The driver of the sedan and the passenger in the rear seat – both men in their early 20s – have been transferred to Albury Base Hospital for treatment of suspected head and spinal injuries.

Emergency services report that the solo occupant of the hatchback – a woman in her 40s – was trapped in her vehicle for about an hour before her rescuers were able to free her.

She has since been transported to Albury Base Hospital with leg injuries, while the driver of the semi-trailer was uninjured by the collision.

Police closed a section of the Hume Highway in both directions for a number of hours to allow emergency services access to the victims and to establish a crime scene.

While traffic was originally diverted through the Olympic Highway and Culcairn-Holbrook Road, salvage teams have since cleared the wrecked vehicles.

The road was officially cleared by officials for use at 14:30 yesterday (August 17).

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