CENTRAL WEST, NSW, Australia - It has been a weekend of carnage on Central West roads with three fatal crashes in the space of less than 24 hours resulting in four deaths and 4 people being seriously injured.
The first of the three tragedies occurred around 6:00pm on Friday night at the intersection of the Golden Highway and Ballimore Road, Ballimore, east of Dubbo, when a Toyota LandCruiser collided with a truck.
Officers from Orana Mid-Western Police District attended. The Landcruiser driver, a 35-year-old man, was found critically injured after being ejected from the vehicle while the passenger, a six-year-old girl was also injured.
Both were treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics and taken to Dubbo Base Hospital before the girl was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital, where she remains in a serious condition.
The man was placed on life support; however, he died shortly after 1:00am on Saturday morning.
The truck driver, a 46-year-old man, underwent mandatory testing.
Friday night's crash, and the death of one of the people on Saturday morning, was followed less than 24 hours later by another two fatal crashes in separate areas of the Central West.
Both those crashes involved a single vehicle hitting a tree, and occurred 25 minutes apart.
In the first incident, on the Castlereagh Highway at Merrygoen, about 10km east of Mendooran, at 3.20pm Saturday, a 2005-model Mitsubishi 380 sedan travelling west left the road and hit a tree.
The driver and four passengers were trapped in the vehicle and had to be released by emergency services.
The front-seat passenger, a fourteen-year-old boy, and a 25-year-old man, who was in the back seat, died at the scene. Three other people were seriously injured.
The driver, a 37-year-old woman, was airlifted to Westmead Hospital with arm fractures.
A thirteen-year-old boy was airlifted to The Children's Hospital at Westmead with multiple leg injuries, and a 17-year-old girl was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital also suffering leg fractures.
The 25-year-old man was from Gulgong, while the others in the crash are all from Menah, about 8 kilometres from Mudgee.
Twenty-five minutes later, a 72-year old man was killed in almost identical circumstances. The man's car, a Honda Civic, struck a tree at around 3:45pm Saturday afternoon on Henry Parkes Way, east of Manildra near Orange.
Police have been told the Honda Civic was travelling west when it veered off the road and crashed into a tree.
The driver was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics but died at the scene.
With four people dead, and 4 seriously injured, officers from the Central West Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding all three crashes.
Anyone with information about any of the crashes is urged to contact 1800 333 000 or CrimeStoppers.
Reports will be prepared for the Coroner.
Source: Radio 2LT/Move FM News