TWO people are dead and two others are fighting to stay alive following a horror head-on crash in western NSW.
Police said a utility collided head-on with a sedan on the Sturt Highway near the intersection of Tarpaulin Road, around 35km west of Euston, around 6.45am on Sunday.
Both vehicles were ripped apart on impact, littering the highway with debris.
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Sadly, the female driver of the ute and a male who was travelling in the back seat of the sedan died at the scene.
The driver of the sedan and a second male passenger were critically injured.
Police released a statement shortly after 2.30pm, confirming the double fatality.
Diversions are still in place around the crash scene.
The horror head-on was just one of three fatal accidents to occur on country roads within a space of just five hours on Sunday morning.
A 52-year-old man was killed around 2.30am after his car crashed and burst into flames on the Gocup Road near Tumut, in the state’s south.
Police say it appears as though the man had tried swerving to avoid running over a dead kangaroo when he lost control of his vehicle.
Emergency services were notified after the man failed to show up for work.
Meanwhile, a woman in her 20s died after the car she was driving hit a duck and crashed into a tree near Tamworth, in the state’s northeast.
Provisional crash data indicates 201 lives have been lost on NSW roads this year.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said driving on rural roads presented a different set of challenges to road users.
“The causes of these collisions are still being investigated but these tragedies should serve as a reminder of the need for road users to anticipate unexpected hazards such as animals and slowing down if you are not used to driving on dirt or gravel roads,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
“Highway Patrol Police have been conducting a number of operations in rural areas this year. We want to make sure that wherever you are in this state, you get home safely.”