EIGHT people, including a 3-year-old boy, have been killed in a horror 24 hours on roads in NSW.
The shocking statistics have left NSW Police pleading with motorists to drive with more caution.
The first accident happened just before 4.40am on Wednesday when a man, believed to be a hitchhiker, was struck and killed by a car on the New England Highway, about five kilometres south of Aberdeen.
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At 1.20pm on the New England Highway at Bendemeer a woman and her male passenger were both killed when their vehicle struck a stationary truck.
Just before 4pm, a 3-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car while walking with his mum on Abuklea Road at Eastwood.
Shortly after 6.30pm, emergency services were called to the southbound lanes of the Hume Highway near Golden Vale Road after two people in a sedan, were killed after a collision with a semi-trailer.
Just before 6.30am this morning, two people were killed when a truck crashed and caught fire 40km north of Gloucester.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, Commander of the Traffic & Highway Patrol said the deaths were extremely alarming.
“Police and other government agencies continue to ask motorists in NSW to drive with caution and stay alert to what is going on around them.
“It appears that our messaging is not getting through and I am staggered that eight people have needlessly lost their lives on the state’s roads in just 24 hours.
“We know that speed, fatigue, drink and drug driving, seatbelts and distractive devices can all have a detrimental effect on drivers and riders.
“I urge all motorists and road users to exercise the utmost caution when they are on or near our roads,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy pleaded.