TEN people have been killed in nine separate traffic accidents following what has been a horror 24 hours for emergency services in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
The carnage started in regional NSW just after 8am on Friday when an 82-year-old woman was killed in a two-car crash near Tamworth. Two other women aged in their 60s and 40s were taken to hospital.
Then, around 11.30am, this time in South Australia, an 83-year-old woman was killed after she was run over by a truck in the town of Gawler, north of Adelaide.
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The third fatality came in Sydney just after 7pm on Friday night, when a woman aged in her 60s died after she was hit by a car while crossing Lane Cove Road at Ryde.
Then, an hour later in Victoria, a motorcyclist was killed in a horror hit-and-run in Melbourne’s southeast.
Police said the motorbike collided with a car on the Nepean Highway in Brighton East and both vehicles burst into flames in impact.
A man and a woman who were travelling in the car crawled out of the burning wreck and fled the scene before police arrived, leaving the rider of the motorbike to die at the scene.
— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) July 8, 2017
The fifth fatality occurred no more than 60 minutes later, also in Melbourne. Police say the driver of a car died crashing into the back of a bus as it picked up passengers at Thomastown around 9pm.
Then, 160km away, a man was killed after the car he was driving collided head-on with another vehicle on the Midland Highway at Barjarg, in the foothills of the Victorian Alps, around 10.30pm.
An hour later, around 11.30pm, a teenager died and two of his mates were injured after the car they were in slammed into a tree at Kapunda, near the Barossa Valley in South Australia.
Police say the trio were travelling home from a party when the accident occurred.
Birthday celebrations at a Kapunda hotel turned to devastation as young man killed in horrendous crash, and two others lucky to survive. pic.twitter.com/Gbh1ynOkKL
— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) July 8, 2017
A few hours passed by without incident before emergency crews in South Australia were called to the eighth fatality.
It was around 4.20am on Saturday when a 65-year-old man died after he was run over by a truck outside a business at Burton, in Adelaide’s north.
Then, a little under three hours later came the final call for the 24 hour period – a double fatality in northern NSW.
A man and a woman were killed when their Holden Commodore collided head-on with a truck on the Newell Highway, south of Moree around 7.30am.