Drive safely; the national road toll period ends January 3

Holiday season road death toll hits 15

Australia’s holiday road toll has climbed to 15 after six people were killed on the country’s roads on Boxing Day.

In Queensland a 26-year-old man died in a two-car crash on the Burnett Highway at Gayndah and a motorcyclist aged in his 30s died after losing control and being thrown from his bike at Mount Nebo.

In Richmond, western Sydney, a 78-year-old woman was killed while trying to cross the road on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier, another female pedestrian died after being struck by a car on the Newell Highway in the NSW Central Highlands.

Also in NSW, a 26-year-old woman was killed in a three-car crash near Yass in the state’s Southern Tablelands.

The woman died about noon after the small sedan she was driving crashed into two oncoming cars on Lachlan Valley Way, 5km west of the Hume Highway.

In country Victoria, a man in his 50s was killed after a van carrying six people slammed into a tree on the Hume Highway in Boho at 1.40pm.

The van’s male driver and another passenger are both fighting for their lives after being critically injured in the crash.

The Northern Territory is the only state or territory not to record any road deaths since the holiday toll started on Wednesday.

*The national road toll period runs from 0001 December 23, 2015 until 2359 January 3, 2016, local times.

– AAP

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