A crash involving three vehicles on a mountain road in NSW has seen one road user die and another two taken to hospital.
Police say that on January 25 two motorcyclists travelling on Alpine Way in the well-known Kosciuszko National Park were involved in a collision with a four-wheel-drive towing a camping trailer at around 15:30.
As a result of the impact, one of the riders – a 49-year-old man – was ejected from his vehicle, suffering a number of critical injuries and later died at the scene.
A second motorcyclist – a male aged 43 years – suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash and was taken to the nearby Cooma Hospital for medical treatment.
The 61-year-old man driving the 4WD did not sustain any wounds as a result of the crash but was transferred to the facility for mandatory blood and urine tests.
Emergency services cordoned off a section of the roadway to allow detectives from the Monaro Local Area Command to examine the scene before salvage crews were allowed access to clear the debris and wrecked vehicles.
The state highway is a popular destination for holiday-makers and bike riders during the warmer months – with scenic views and multiple twists and turns that make for an excellent journey. From Jindabyne in the east of the Great Dividing Range, the roadway then travels through Dead Horse Gap and on to Khancoban.
However, the combination of high altitude and cold conditions can make for hazardous driving conditions, with a number of accidents occurring on the major roadway every year.
In July 2011 a tour bus with 50 passengers on board was returning to Jindabyne from the snowfields nearby when left the road.
The heavy vehicle broke through a safety railing and rolled several times before coming to stop upside down just metres from a number holiday cabins.
The tourists on board were thrown around the interior of the bus as it continued its decent, with 21 sustaining injuries that required medical treatment.
However, even without a coating of snow and ice the highway is known to be hazardous under certain conditions – with numerous bends and natural chicanes make it a highway best tackled by experienced drivers and riders.
Those individuals unfortunate enough to be injured in a collision on the roadway may be able to file for car accident compensation payments.
These funds – available with the assistance of a compensation lawyer – can be used to cover the costs of medical treatments and rehabilitation therapies.