Woman dies after wet weather crash near Launceston

One Dead: Police and emergancy services begin the task of removing the vehicles from Lilydale Road after a fatal car crash on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Scott Gelston
One Dead: Police and emergancy services begin the task of removing the vehicles from Lilydale Road after a fatal car crash on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Scott Gelston

A female driver has died after losing control on a wet road near Launceston on Saturday afternoon.

The 50-year-old woman was travelling on Lilydale Road at Underwood when she crossed over to the opposite lane and collided with another car.

She was heading towards Lilydale in a red Mazda and crashed into the front of a white Kia, which was being driven by a 28-year-old man travelling towards Launceston. The man was taken to the Launceston General Hospital, but was not seriously injured.

The woman died at the scene.

No other passengers were involved in the crash.

Tasmania Police Detective Inspector Philippa Burk said speed and alcohol were not believed to be a factor.

“Preliminary investigations indicate wet weather and inattention may have been the cause,” she said.

Tasmania Police had warned drivers to take care on the roads, with a severe weather warning in place for parts of the North on Saturday.

“It is a timely reminder to drive to the conditions,” Detective Inspector Burk said.

The crash occurred between the Pipers River and Prossers Forest road turn-offs about 3pm.

The road was closed to all traffic until the scene was cleared about 7pm.

Investigations into the cause will continue.

Police were attempting to contact the woman’s next of kin on Saturday night.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has information should contact police on 13 14 44.