A man has died after losing control of his car and slamming in to a tree near Newcastle on Sunday.
Police believe the 59-year-old was driving his Nissan Pulsar hatch north along Waran Road, Whitebridge around 5.30pm when the car left the road.
Two police officers were driving past the scene just moments after it happened.
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They tried to help the driver but he died at the scene.
Police are investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash is underway and witnesses are urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Anyone who may have information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.