Motorists urged to take care on country roads

Date: Sep 21, 2011

Drivers on roads in the north-west of NSW have been warned by police to take extra care when travelling on isolated roads after two fatal accidents occurred on September 16 and 19.

The first took place at Burren Junction near Wee Waa, when a Mitsubishi 380 driven by a 21-yea-old male left the road, skidded down an embankment and hit a tree at around 18:00.

It is currently unclear what caused the accident, with officers from the Barwon local area command and specialist forensic teams attending the scene before salvage teams could recover the vehicle – which displayed severe damage to its front end.

Police say the man was able to get free of the wrecked vehicle and had crawled some distance before it burst into flames, but was later found deceased on Saturday morning (September 17) by another driver who then called for assistance.

Emergency services said the victim had suffered severe wounds to his legs and extensive internal injuries.

The second crash took place at Bonshaw in the New England region of NSW at around 00:30 on Monday (September 19).

A 21-year-old male was driving a Holden Rodeo on the Bruxner Highway when he apparently lost control of the vehicle before it collided with a tree at the intersection of Rocky Creek Road.

It has been reported that the victim – who died during the accident – was not found until around 07:30 when the landowner discovered the scene.

Police from Inverell joined detectives and forensic specialists from New England to examine the scene for most of the day before wreckage crews were able to remove the damaged ute.

Speaking to the Northern Daily Leader, NSW Police western region traffic co-ordinator Mal Unicomb urged motorists to take care when driving in country areas.

"Police have always encouraged travellers to inform loved ones or those that they are intending to visit what time they will be leaving and what time to expect their arrival," said Unicomb.

"This is even more important in areas where travel may be in isolated rural areas, where there is perhaps very limited mobile phone coverage or other forms of communications."

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