Three tragic deaths on Hunter roads in 24 hours

Pictures: MJF Productions Australia
Pictures: MJF Productions Australia

POLICE late on Thursday night were at the scene of the third serious crash on Hunter roads in just 24 hours.

About 5.50pm an eastbound Holden Statesman and a BMW motorcycle collided on Clarence Town Road, as the Holden was turning right into a driveway.

The motorcyclist was ejected and sustained significant injuries. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The man is not yet formally identified, however he is believed to be a male aged in his 40s.

The 52-year-old male driver of the Holden was uninjured. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

The crash marked the third serious accident on Hunter roads in 24 hours.

A head-on crash at Singleton killed a 63-year-old man on Thursday, while Rutherford teenager Tim Cox died the night before at Bishops Bridge.

The driver of the Singleton crash, who was yet to be formally identified on Thursday afternoon, died after a collision on Mitchell Line Road about 8am. The force of the crash sent both cars down an embankment on opposite sides of the road.

The 63-year-old was treated extensively by paramedics but died at the scene.

The man’s 53-year-old passenger was trapped before being cut free and flown to John Hunter Hospital with back injuries.

The other driver, a 32-year-old man, suffered leg injuries.

A report will be prepared for the coroner. 

This week’s fatal crashes brings the 2017 Hunter’s road toll to at least seven.

Thursday was the second fatal accident in Singleton this year, after a teenager died on January 27 following a head-on between a car and a semi-trailer on the New England Highway.

Fatal accidents have also been recorded at Howes Valley, Sandy Hollow, Stroud and Aberdeen. Six of the seven deaths were men.