Three dead in horror Sandford crash

August 28, 2022 6:09 pm in by

AAP Image/Rob Blakers

(AAP Image/Rob Blakers)

Investigators are piecing together the events leading up to a horror crash in Tasmania’s south.

At 5.10pm on Saturday the 27th of August, 2022 a blue Toyota Corolla was driving north on the South Arm Highway near 1710.

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A 27-year-old driver, 28-year-old Howrah man and 19-year-old woman, also from Howrah, were all travelling in the Toyota.

It’s believed the male driver lost control and crossed to the wrong side of the road, into the path of a south bound black VW.

The VW has collided heavily with the passenger side of the Corolla, killing all three occupants.

The VW was being driven by a 20-year-old Rokeby man, he was travelling with a 20-year-old woman from South Arm.

The pair have been rushed to the Royal Hobart Hospital, they’re in a serious but stable condition.

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Police at the scene have called the incident devastating.

“To lose three lives in one crash is horrendous,” Inspector Luke Manhood said.

The collision has also seen the road toll climb once more with 39 people dying on Tasmania’s roads this year, compared to 25 at the same time last year.

Motorists were asked to avoid the area until the scene cleared with traffic being diverted down Rifle Range Road, Sandford, for southbound traffic and at Gellibrand Drive, Sandford, for northbound traffic.

Police are looking to hear from anyone who may have seen the Toyota in the Sandford area in the lead up to the incident.

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Witnesses with any information can call Police on 131 444, or report to Crime Stoppers online or at 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information should contact Police on 131444. Dash cam footage can be uploaded here.

Southern District Commander Tim Dooley has confirmed police are continuing to focus on the Fatal Five.

“We talk about the fatal five: seatbelts, drink and drug driving, speeding, fatigue, and inattention, because it’s these things that cause people to die in crashes. 

“It’s time for everyone to take it seriously.” 

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“We’re throwing everything we can at making our roads safer, including brand-new Highway Patrol vehicles, and we’re using other resources like drones and our community evidence portal to help us track down traffic offenders. 

“But more needs to be done, and we need to change people’s driving behaviour. Now more than ever we need the community’s support.”

“Talk to your family, talk to your friends, talk to your children, about making the right choices on our roads,” Commander Dooley said.