FIVE people, including two motorcyclists, have been killed in a horror weekend of crashes on NSW roads.
The first fatal accident happened just before 8.30pm on Friday, when a 57-year-old man struck a pig and crashed while riding a motorcycle at Coolah.
Then, around 4.30pm on Saturday, a 23-year-old man died after the ute he was driving crashed into a guard rail, before hitting a truck and another car on the Pacific Highway at Port Macquarie.
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Just an hour later, a 68-year-old man died after the hatchback he was driving and a 4WD crashed on the M1 at West Wallsend.
About 11.30pm that night, a 23-year-old man died after his 4WD left the roadway and rolled at Millie Street in Bellata.
On Sunday afternoon, around 2.15pm, a 48-year-old man died after his motorcycle crashed head-on with a 4WD on the Golden Highway Jerry Plains.
Police say investigations into all crashes are continuing.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said the loss of five lives in one weekend was a tragedy and must serve as a reminder to all road users, especially motorcycle riders, to drive responsibly on our roads.
“Five people dying on our roads in the course of a single weekend, is not acceptable under any circumstances,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.
“Two of the people that lost their lives this weekend were motorcycle riders, and at least two other motorcycle riders were seriously injured in other crashes this weekend.
“I urge all riders to take care when riding. It is important for riders to be aware of their surroundings, slow down, and ride to the conditions, in order to arrive home safely.”