7 April 2023

Horror crash kills four, closes Barton Highway

| Kim Treasure
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A fatal accident has claimed four lives. Photo: Screenshot.

It’s been a horror start to Easter, with four people dead and another taken to hospital following a fatal crash on the Barton Highway.

Emergency services were called to the Barton Highway, near Casuarina Lane, about 6:45 am on Friday (7 April) following reports of a two-vehicle crash.

When police arrived, officers from the Hume Police District found a Ford Ranger utility and a Mitsubishi Triton utility had collided.

A female driver and male passenger of the Mitsubishi, and a male driver and male passenger of the Ford died at the scene.

They have not been formally identified.

Another passenger in the Ford was treated at the scene and taken to hospital.

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Their ages have not been released.

Motorists have been urged to avoid the area, with ACT Emergency Services saying the Barton Highway would be closed for some time.

Live Traffic NSW advises those travelling southbound to use Murrumbateman Road and Sutton Road to the Federal Highway in Canberra.

Northbound travellers from the Federal Highway in Canberra should use Sutton Road, followed by Murrumbateman Road to get to the Barton Highway.

These diversions are not suitable for B-doubles.

B-double drivers can use Hume Hwy and Federal Hwy.

Murrumbateman Road was only recently reopened to traffic after a six month closure.

Original Article published by Kim Treasure on Riotact.

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A preventable tragedy. Clearly bad driving by one vehicle. But it’s a killer road and the upgrade, sorely needed, is proceding at a snails pace. Government penny pinching and poor planning.

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