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A 27-year-old woman has died at the scene of a head on crash near Longford on Tuesday morning.
The crash occurred between a Fuso medium-rigid truck and a red Kia Carnival.
A 63-year-old Evandale man was taken to the Launceston General Hospital with a leg injury. The man was driving the truck.
Tasmania Police Inspector Scott Flude said Northern Crash Investigation Services attended the scene and are investigating the crash.
“It would appear from early investigations that the Kia has travelled on to the incorrect side of the road and collided with the truck,” he said.
“At the moment we have no explanation as to why the vehicle has veered on to the incorrect side of the road.”
Police believe it was raining heavily at the time of the crash.
Inspector Flude said the crash was “quite significant”.
“The Kia is not a big vehicle and the truck was a medium-rigid so there was a fair lot of damage caused,” he said.
“A head-on any day is terrible because you have to double the speed of both vehicles and it gives you the collision speed.”
The area has a speed limit of 100km/h.
“It’s tragic. Any life lost on our road is tragic. Hopefully, we can shed some light on to why this crash has occurred.”
The crash occurred about one kilometre from the roundabout into Longford on Illawarra Road.
Tasmania Police was called to the scene about 5am.
Police would like to speak to anyone who saw a red Kia Carnival driving on Illawarra Road prior to the crash.
Information can be provided to Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.
Inspector Flude said weather had caused a number of crashes around the state on Tuesday.
“The message from us is to drive to the conditions. There were a number of crashes as a result of people just going too fast and aquaplaning and cars following cars too close,” he said.
“Fortunately none of those people had any injuries. They were minor crashes, however, there were a significant number of them.”
A female pedestrian was hit by a bus in Launceston’s CBD. The woman received minor bruising and was taken to the Launceston General Hospital.
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