THREE people have been killed and four others have been airlifted to hospital following a horror single-vehicle crash in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park.
It happened on the Kakadu Highway, near Cooinda Kodge, just after midday on Saturday.
NT Police said a 29-year-old man had been driving a hired Toyota Prado from Jabiru to Cooinda when he “lost control on a large, sweeping bend” and crashed.
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The Prado left the road and rolled multiple times, with the impact killing three of the six occupants, including the driver.
One person was ejected from the car, which left police questioning whether they had been wearing a seatbelt.
The four surviving occupants, all female, were airlifted to the Royal Darwin Hospital for treatment.
One of them is listed as being critical, while the other three are in a serious but stable condition.
It’s understood two women are expected to lose limbs, while a third had to be intubated at the scene.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Commander Tony Fuller said driver inexperience appeared to be a factor in the crash.
“We don’t think alcohol is a factor, speed may be a factor, but it’s more likely to be the driver is inexperienced,” he said.
“We understand the driver is not used to that vehicle, he’s more used to driving a smaller vehicle around town.”
Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash are continuing.