28 November 2020

Two fatalities in Riverina overnight

| Edwina Mason
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Police were called to two accidents which left two people dead in the Riverina overnight . Photo: NSW Police.

Two drivers have died following separate single-vehicle crashes in the state’s Riverina region overnight, one of them near Wantabadgery.

Around 10:30 pm emergency services were called to Oura Road, Wantabadgery, about 40km east of Wagga Wagga, following reports of a single-vehicle crash.


A 55-year-old man was killed on Oura Road near Wantabadgery last night. Photo: Supplied.

Officers attached to Riverina Police District attended the scene after it was reported a Toyota Landcruiser 4WD had left the roadway, hit a tree and the driver was ejected from the vehicle.

The driver, a 55-year-old man, died at the scene.

Earlier that night, police had also attended a fatal accident near Hillston, north of Griffith.

Emergency services were called to Merungle Road, Hillston, about 125km north east of Griffith, following reports of a single-vehicle crash around 8:30 pm.

Officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District attended after a Toyota Hilux utility had reportedly left the roadway and rolled, ejecting the driver.

The driver, a 44-year-old woman, died at the scene. She is yet to be formally identified.

Police have commenced investigations into the circumstances of both crashes and will prepare reports for the Coroner.

Riverina Police District Commander, Superintendent Bob Noble, said excessive speed seemed to be a factor in the crash at Wantabadgery.

“Police will examine this along with whether alcohol was a factor in this tragic incident,” he said.

“It is far from the only recent fatality on our roads in this area,” Supt Noble added, “with borders opening, traffic will increase so we urge people to be extra careful.”

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