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Couple perish at crash site

Nasik Swami
Friday, December 28, 2012

THE vehicle carrying Labasa social workers Padma and Ram Deo veered off the road in in a Boxing Day tragedy.

This was confirmed to The Fiji Times by the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force yesterday.

The NSW Police Force media centre said the accident happened when a four-wheel-drive vehicle crashed on the Hume Highway, 6km north of Holbrook in NSW.

The accident killed the 70-year-old man, sitting in the front passenger seat, and his 70-year-old wife, a rear-seat passenger, at the scene.

According to the police media centre, the crash happened about 6.55am when the seven-seater Nissan Patrol, travelling south left the Hume Highway, rolled 6km north of Holbrook, blocking all traffic through the highway.

"Five family members were injured, one critical, in the single-vehicle crash," the media centre said.

The police media centre said a post-mortem examination would not be done "because it is not necessary".

The police media centre said while no one has been arrested, investigations were still in progress. Also in the same accident a 14-year-old boy suffered head injuries and was airlifted to a Canberra Hospital in a critical condition.

A 67-year-old woman was airlifted to Royal Melbourne hospital with possible spinal injuries.

The police media centre said the driver of the four-wheel-drive, a 44-year-old man, his 45-year-old wife and her 40-year-old sister escaped with minor injuries.

"They were taken to Albury Base Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and shock."

The crash survivors are from Chisholm in the Australian Capital Territory and all are from the same family.

The police media centre said there have been a number of people injured and details were still being confirmed.