Road toll now 24 after three fatal crashes in NSW and VIC

Three separate crashes in New South Wales and Victoria have brought the country’s national holiday road toll to 24.

In the first incident, a ute and sedan collided head-on in Whittingham, northwest of Newcastle on Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the driver and the sole occupant of the sedan, a woman, died at the scene.


The four men in the ute suffered minor injuries.

Hours later, a motorcyclist was injured, then later died in hospital after his bike left the road and hit a tree in Matraville, east Sydney.

In Melbourne two people were killed as the car they were in veered off the road at Altona on Tuesday night, hitting a tree, police said.

The driver and passenger died at the scene.

The deaths bring Victoria’s holiday road toll to 6, while New South Wales’ has reached 9.

Six people were killed in smashes on Boxing Day, making it the worst day so far.

In Queensland 4 people have died.

The Northern Territory is the only state or territory not to have recorded any road deaths during the holiday toll period, which began last Wednesday.