Tasmania Police issue warning after crashes

Motorists have been urged to take extra precautions after one person was killed and two more seriously injured in separate crashes on Tasmanian roads at the weekend. 

A 59-year-old Lake Leake man died on Friday night when his Holden utility left the road and collided with a tree near Lake Leake Road.

The man, who was the sole occupant of the car, had been travelling east about 11.30pm when his vehicle lost control on a sweeping left-hand bend and left the road.

Tasmania Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

On Saturday morning a 79-year-old Rosebery woman and a 51-year-old Queensland woman were taken to hospital with serious injuries after a two-vehicle crash on the Ridgley Highway in the state’s North-West.

The pair had been travelling north about 8.25am when their vehicle lost control on black ice and skidded into the path of an oncoming Mack semi-trailer, which slowed to minimise the impact of the crash.

Tasmania Police Sergeant Adam Archer pleaded with motorists to drive to the conditions and to be wary of ice on the road.

“As a result of recent serious crashes on Tasmanian roads, police wish to remind motorists of the importance of driving to the conditions,” Sergeant Archer said.  

“Adjusting driver behaviour - especially speed - is important while the colder weather is in effect.

“Speeding, inattention and fatigue are all contributing factors to crashes and Tasmania Police wish to see every motorist arrive safely at their destination.”

The crash brings the state’s road toll to 18 for the year, five fewer than at the same stage last year.