A fatal accident south of the ACT border on Monaro Highway has closed traffic | Canberra Times

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A driver in a black Commodore who allegedly failed to stop for police near Michelago and “accelerated away at speed” has been involved in a fatal frontal collision with another vehicle further north on Monaro Highway near Williamsdale. Police said a white van heading south on the highway was hit head-on by Commodore as it turned out on the wrong side of the road, driving north around 6 p.m. 11.17. NSW Police said the driver of the van was trapped in the vehicle and sustained serious injuries. Police said that despite the efforts of the emergency services, the driver of the van died on the spot. The driver has not yet been formally identified, but he is believed to be in his 50s. ALSO READ: The driver of the Commodore – a 48-year-old man – and his female passenger sustained minor injuries. The driver was subjected to a breath test at the roadside and reportedly gave a positive result. The couple were both treated on the spot by NSW Ambulance paramedics, where the driver was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later flown to Canberra Hospital by Toll Aeromedical. Traffic diversions are currently in place at Williamsdale and the road has been closed in both directions 100m south of the ACT border. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and check www.livetraffic.com for updates. Police said NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Traffic South officers had launched a pursuit of Commodore after failing to stop but had abandoned the chase “due to safety concerns”. NSW Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar, Southern Region Commander-in-Chief, said heavy traffic on the motorway was unable to divert and would have to be kept at the roadblock until the motorway opened. Light traffic is diverted to other regional roads. “[The Commodore driver] drove well, well over the speed limit then [the pursuit] was fired, “he said.” Here we have an innocent third party, a road user who obeys the traffic rules, and we have someone who has complete disregard for the road rules and safety of others. “And that’s because [the Commodore driver’s] poor judgment and behavior that we have seen him on the wrong side of the road and ultimately cause a frontal collision. “I can tell you that the police officers involved are not only specialized highway patrol officers, but also experienced in highway patrol and high-speed handling, so when you talk about having the right, trained officers to handle an incident, I could not ask for two better officers to respond to this incident. ” A critical incident team from Wollongong Police District will now “investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident”. This study will be the subject of an independent review. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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