Police are calling for drivers to take more care on the roads following two fatal crashes in New South Wales overnight.
A 23-year-old man was killed after the Holden Commodore station wagon he was driving flipped down an embankment at Gloucester on the state’s Mid North Coast shortly after midnight.
His 24-year-old male passenger managed to crawl out of the wreckage and flag down a passing motorist. He was hospitalised in a stable condition.
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The, at around 10am, a 38-year-old male motorcyclist was killed in the state’s Hunter Region after colliding head-on with a dual cab ute while allegedly trying to overtake another motorcyclist.
The rider of the second motorcycle suffered a suspected fractured leg after he too was knocked off his bike.
The NSW road toll for 2016 now stands at 157, 35 more than this time last year.
Assistant Commissioner John Hartley from the state’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command says the increasing road toll is disappointing, with motorcyclist and pedestrian deaths up.
“Irresponsible road use and risk-taking has claimed the lives of two more people on our roads,” Asst Commissioner Hartley said.
“Both incidents are on regional roads, and crash investigators are looking at speed being a factor.”
“We are urging motorists to exercise greater caution and better judgement. Don’t assume you can ever drive too safely.”
“These collisions have occurred in fine weather. It will present an even greater challenge on the road as the weather conditions become cooler and wetter during the winter months.”