A picture of the scene on the New England Highway. Picture: Live Traffic NSWONE man is dead and another two are injured after a two-car crash on a notorious stretch of the New England Highway near Singleton on Thursday afternoon.
The man, 26, of Victoria, died as he was being flown to hospital with critical injuries.
The man’s Hyundai iLoad was involved in a collision with another Ford Ranger ute travelling in the opposite direction.
His passenger, a 23-year-old woman, was taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment for tissue damage and bruising.
The 22-year-old man driving the Ford is also recovering in John Hunter Hospital with internal stomach injuries.
The accident, which took place shortly after 2pm near White Falls Lane, just south of Singleton, forced the closure of the highway for several hours. Traffic was queued for at least a kilometre in both directions before road diversions were put in place.
A report on the man’s death will be prepared for the coroner.
The tragedy is the latest in a long line of carnage along the seven-kilometre Whittington stretch of the New England Highway.
There have been more than a dozen deaths along that section of the highwayin just 11 years, with police, local authorities and neighbours constantly calling for improvements.
Locals say the road is poorly designed and a hot-bed for near misses that all too often turn to tragedy.
Whittingham dairy farmersRobyn and Max Wake told theNewcastle Heraldlast year the road could not handle the volume of traffic.
The Hunter Westpac rescue helicopter on the scene. Picture: Supplied
The traffic reaches its peak in the afternoon when workers, many of them from the region’smines, head home.
“The road is not narrow, it is just the volume of traffic that the road can not deal with it and the speed is of concern,” Mrs Wake told theHeraldlast December.
‘‘Too many families have lost people on this road.’’
The Hunter road toll for this year stands at 50.
It comes at a time when police are increasingly concerned about deaths on NSW roads. Thursday’s accident came on day one of a new high-visibility police campaign.
Police said they would have “more officers, more often, at more locations” to nab drivers who disobey the rules. The Centre for Road Safety said fatigue and failure to wear a seatbelt was too common.
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