9 July 2023

Passenger dies after tow truck slides down Snowy Mountains embankment

| Sally Hopman
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Police have urged witnesses to a fatal accident on the Snowy Mountains Highway on Saturday night to call Crime Stoppers. Photo: File.

A woman died on Saturday night, 8 July, when the tow truck in which she was a passenger crashed at Kiandra in the Snowy Mountains.

Emergency services were called to the Snowy Mountains Highway, south-east of Talbingo, at about 7:30 pm after reports that the tow truck, which had been towing a ute, left the road and slid down an embankment.

NSW Ambulance paramedics and officers from Monaro Police District arrived to find a woman travelling in the truck cabin had died. The male driver of the tow truck was trapped in the rig.

Emergency crews worked to free the 54-year-old driver before he was taken to Canberra Hospital in a serious condition.

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The owner of the ute, a 29-year-old woman, and her young son – who were travelling in the back seat of the truck – escaped with minor injuries. They were taken to Cooma Hospital to be checked as a precaution.

The highway was closed between Miles Franklin Drive at Talbingo and Denison Boundary Trail, near Providence Portal, for more than eight hours.

The crash was cleared and all lanes of the Snowy Mountains Highway were reopened at about 4am today.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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