A woman has been killed and a man critically injured in a horror single-vehicle crash in the NSW Northern Tablelands.
The accident occurred on the Oxley Highway at Carroll, near Gunnedah, shortly before 7pm last night.
Police said a 54-year-old man lost control of his Holden Commodore station wagon around a sweeping right-hand bend.
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The vehicle left the road and slid several metres across a grassed area before slamming side-on into a steel power pole.
A 32-year-old woman who had been sitting in the front passenger died at the scene.
The driver sustained life-threatening injuries.
He was rushed by ambulance to Gunnedah Hospital where he was then loaded into a helicopter and flown to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.
Crash investigators have seized the Commodore for a forensic mechanical examination.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner outlining the full circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.
As a result of the crash residents in the Carroll area remained without power this morning.