Three deaths on northern Tasmanian roads in one week

File photo.
File photo.

A Victorian man was the third person to die on northern Tasmanian roads over the past week.

The 43-year-old was heading towards Lilydale on Wednesday night when he crossed onto the wrong side of the road and crashed head on into a truck.

He died at the scene.

A 28-year-old Lebrina man behind the wheel of the lightweight truck was not physically injured.

It is understood the Victorian man was in Tasmania for work and his interstate family had been notified.

Wednesday night’s incident was the third fatal crash near Launceston this month and second in less than 48 hours.

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On Tuesday afternoon, an elderly woman suffered a medical condition while behind the wheel and crashed into a power pole at Newstead.

She was taken to hospital but did not survive.

Last Wednesday night, a 41-year-old Summerhill man died when he crossed onto the wrong side of the road and crashed into an oncoming car. 

According to the state’s Road Safety Advisory Council, six in every 10 crashes in Tasmania involve drivers leaving the correct lane and either running off the road or crashing into another vehicle.

“Whatever the cause of this latest crash may be, unfortunately inattention and speeding are still the main problems on Tasmanian roads,” RSAC chair Jim Cox said.

Mr Cox said interstate drivers, however, were not overly represented in Tasmanian crash statistics.

Instead, he said interstate and local motorcyclists were the “biggest problem”.

Over the past five years, there were 417 serious motorcycle crashes in Tasmania, with 34 riders killed.

The average age of those who died was 38.

As of Thursday, the state’s road toll, which includes all road users, was 31.

This time last year, 33 people had died on Tasmanian roads.

Anyone who witnessed the crash near Lilydale should contact Northern Crash Investigation Services on 6777 3936.