Since a man, 33, was killed west of Woolgoolga on Friday afternoon there have been four reported fatalities on NSW in 72 hours.
Since a man, 33, was killed west of Woolgoolga on Friday afternoon there have been four reported fatalities on NSW in 72 hours.

Four fatalities in 72 hours

TWO separate fatalities on the Coffs Coast in two days, have seen senior police plead with drivers to stay focussed on the road.

Since the two local tragedies two more lives have been lost on NSW roads.

The death of a 77-year-old ACT woman on the Pacific Highway near Nambucca Heads on Saturday added to the notoriety of the yet-to-be upgraded highway section.

The driver was the single occupant of a Toyota Camry, which veered into the path of a Kenworth semi-trailer just north of Riverside Dr around 3pm.

The truck driver, 42, from Newport escaped injury, police said.

That road fatality followed the death of a man, 33, on Friday after he lost control of a white Mitsubishi Triton ute and slammed into trees west of Woolgoolga on Gentle Annie Rd.

A male passenger, 24, escaped uninjured and police have since established alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Two other men have also died on the state's roads with a 33-year-old killed when his car burst into flames after it collided head-on with a truck on the New England Highway south of Tamworth on Saturday around 4pm.

And today a man, in his late 30s, died after the Toyota Tarago he was driving left the Olmpic Highway, 5km south of Wallendbeen and crashed into trees.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Operations Manager Superintendent Stuart Smith has appealed for motorists to take more care.

"We are continually seeing a total disregard by some drivers, particularly on weekends, for the road rules," Supt. Smith said.

Police have nominated drink driving, seatbelts, fatigue and speed as the major factors in most fatal crashes this year.

The need for motorists to pay more attention at the wheel while driving the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade has also been raised in the local community.

Bonnet-to-bumper crashes are happening on the highway worksite almost daily.

Driver distraction and motorists speeding above the 80km/h speed limit have been nominated as the main causes of minor causes.

Local tow truck drivers and panel beaters report anywhere up to 20 vehicles a week are being involved in "rear-enders" most of which are reportedly happening around merging bays and stop and go signs, north of Coffs Harbour.

Reported problem spots include the Moonee Beach turn-off, the Heritage Park turn-off, Smiths Rd, Emerald Beach and the two approaches to Graham Dr at Sandy Beach.

 



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