Unborn Baby, Three Die On Australian Roads
The national Christmas road toll has risen to four about the death of an unborn baby and a 67-year-old woman.
Condolences have been paid to the family of the baby, who died after the 44-year-old mother was seriously injured in a three-car collision near Hervey Bay, Queensland on Christmas Eve.
Police say the woman’s Toyota collided with a Mitsubishi sedan that had struck the side of a van, losing control and veering into the path of an oncoming car.
Police say the pregnancy was viable and the unborn baby’s death will be counted as a traffic fatality.
“Words cannot describe that tragedy, no words,” said Inspector Kieryn Dermody.
“Our heart and our prayers go out to the family.”
Further south, a 67-year-old woman died on the scene of a two-car crash at Casino in NSW’s north before 2pm on Christmas Day.
A driver and passenger who where in the second vehicle were treated for minor injuries, police say.
The incidents bring the number of people killed on Australian roads so far to four.
A driver died in a car crash on the Eyre Highway in Perth on Friday.
A dehydrated passenger was found wandering the Nullabor 24 hours later and taken to hospital.
In NSW, a woman died after her car left the road and rolled at Merriwa in the Upper Hunter region on Saturday.
Another Queensland crash left a baby seriously injured and a 35-year-old woman fight for her life after her car careered off the road on Christmas Day.
The car swerved down an embankment off Anzac Avenue, Moreton Bay, and clipped a concrete pylon before plunging into the creek.