Man killed in frontal collision after police chase with other car on Monaro Highway

A man in his 50s has died after being hit head-on by a car, moments after police stopped a pursuit with the vehicle on Monaro Highway, south of Canberra.

Around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, NSW police spotted a black Commodore driving well over the speed limit on the freeway near Williamsdale.

Police said the 48-year-old driver did not stop and officers began a pursuit, which was stopped shortly afterwards due to safety concerns.

It is alleged that the driver of the Commodore then crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with an oncoming van.

The driver of the van suffered serious injuries and was trapped.

Despite the efforts of the emergency services, he died on the spot.

The man driving the Commodore and a woman in the passenger seat sustained minor injuries and were transported to Canberra Hospital.

Police are involved in receiving support, authorities say

A police officer's leg can be seen out of the open door of a police car sitting behind traffic cones on a highway.
The driver was reportedly tested positive in a breath test at the roadside and is under police guard while he was in hospital.(ABC News: Jordan Hayne)

Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar said the investigation was still in its early stages.

The driver reportedly gave a positive breath test at the roadside at the scene and is under police guard.

The road is expected to remain blocked in both directions into the evening. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

Assistant Commissioner Cassar said the officers involved in the persecution received support.

“Both officers are very experienced and well-trained in terms of driving at high speeds and using all the options they have available,” he said.

“Their compliance with policies and guidelines will be subject to close scrutiny in the investigation.”

A critical incident team from Wollongong will investigate the circumstances of the crash, which will also be the subject of an independent review.

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