Fatal crash on Hume Highway takes road toll to 21

Fatal crash on Hume Highway takes road toll to 21

A woman has died in a crash on the Hume Highway on Thursday morning.

The 72-year-old woman was driving a van south of Gunning about 9am when it collided with a truck travelling in the same direction.

Her death takes the official holiday road toll to 21, after a tragic few days on NSW roads.

Sisters Annabelle Falkholt, 21, and actress Jessica Falkholt, 28, are still fighting for life after their parents and another man were killed in a fiery crash on Boxing Day.

The sisters were pulled to safety before the cars went up in flames after the head-on collision on the Princes Highway. One sister was taken to Liverpool Hospital, and the other was sent to St George where they remain in a critical condition.

A 72-year-old woman has died after her van and a truck collided south of Gunning on the Hume Highway on Thursday. Photo: Baz Ruddick

That crash was one of many that has occurred since the Operation Safe Arrival was launched on December 16.

Charges have also been laid over a fatal crash in the Central Tablelands.

A BMW sedan and a taxi van collided about 10.45pm in Walcha. The 25-year-old front seat passenger of the car died at the scene, while the driver and the passenger of the taxi were both taken to hospital.

The driver of the BMW has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, and two counts of cause bodily harm by misconduct while driving a vehicle.

The deaths of a two-year-old who was hit by a reversing car in Campsie and a pedestrian who was struck by a car in Bonnyrigg were also not included in the official road toll as the deaths were on private property. The death of a 23-year-old woman at Peak Hill has also been removed from the official toll.

The toll is almost triple the same period last year, and on Wednesday Chief Inspector Phil Brooks said many families had been directly impacted by road trauma during the holiday period.

“Everyone who has been on our roads leaves home in the hope they can get back there [or] to their destination,” he said.

About half the deaths were the result of a vehicle leaving the road and crashing into a tree or power pole, while others were caused by head-on collisions, the Chief Inspector said.

“Those families will no doubt be feeling the pain and suffering of losing a loved one this close to Christmas.”

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