Road horror

TWO horror crashes on the state’s North-West Coast left one person dead yesterday.

The crash scene at Penguin.

The crash scene at Penguin.

A 64-year-old Wynyard woman was killed when her all terrain vehicle crashed on Table Cape Road at Wynyard just before 4pm.

The crash involved the ATV driven by the woman, and two motorcycles being ridden by a 20-year-old man and a 21-year-old man.

It is believed that the motorcycle riders began to overtake the woman before she turned right to enter a driveway, driving in the path of the bikes.

The two motorcycle riders, both from Circular Head, were taken to the North-West Regional Hospital in Burnie, with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police do not believe alcohol, speed or illicit drugs were a factor in the crash. Both motorcycle riders were wearing helmets, but police could not confirm whether the ATV rider was.

The collision occurred near the intersection of Murdering Gully Road. Table Cape Road was closed for three hours.

In a separate crash hours earlier a Ford Falcon sedan was ripped in half in what appeared to be a high-speed crash at Penguin.

The single motor vehicle accident on Penguin Road left the young driver with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The crash occurred about 9.30am with police, paramedics and firefighters attending.

The man, aged 19 or 20, was the sole occupant and was taken to North West Regional Hospital in Burnie, where he remains in a stable condition.

‘‘A late model blue Ford Falcon sedan had left the road on a slight right-hand bend and hit  a row of pine trees,’’ Senior Constable Nicholas Patten said.

‘‘The vehicle was significantly damaged by the impact.’’

The road was closed for several hours to allow emergency services to deal with the scene and remove the vehicle.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a dark blue Ford Falcon being driven in the area before the Penguin crash. Anyone with information can call police on 131 444 or Ulverstone police on 64786006.