National Easter road toll rises to at least 13 in horror weekend

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It’s been a horror Easter weekend on Australia’s roads, claiming the lives of at least 13 people and sparking urgent warnings from the country’s police.

An 80-year-old man died in Campbelltown on Friday night after being hit by a car about 11.15pm, while the driver, a 26-year-old man, was not injured.

In a fatal ATV incident in the state’s southwest, a 54-year-old man died just after 8pm on Friday near Hay, after reportedly swerving his vehicle to avoid a collision with a kangaroo when he flipped.

Meanwhile, a 21-year-old motorcyclist died when he hit a power pole in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Thursday.

Then, in a seperate motorbike incident, a rider died after a crash involving a B-double in the Snowy Mountains on Saturday morning.

Emergency services were called to the Snowy Mountains Highway near Kiandra, about 90km north of Cooma, about 11.15am and found the male rider had died at the scene. The truck driver was taken for mandatory testing and investigations are continuing.

It prompted a warning from assistant commissioner Brett McFadden to the state’s motorcycle riders.

“Unlike other states, NSW is experiencing fantastic autumn weather and we know hundreds of riders will take advantage of the beautiful conditions and get out on the roads,” he said.

“I urge every rider to be prepared for all eventualities: wear the right protective gear – the wearing of a helmet is non-negotiable – ride to the conditions, don’t speed, and don’t take unnecessary risks.”

In another fatal motorcycle crash, a 59-year-old man died in Gordon, near Ballarat, on Good Friday.

Victorian police were called after reports the rider had lost control and was ejected on the Western Highway about 5.10pm.

Later that evening in Maryvale, Victorian Police responded after a 76-year-old man and his dog were struck by a car about 7.40pm.

The man died on his way to hospital and the dog died at the scene.

In Western Australia, another motorcyclist and a male driver were killed in the state’s southwest on Saturday.

At about 2pm, police said a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Holden Astra both driving west on Vasse Highway in Yoongarillup near Busselton were involved in a crash.

Both the 19-year-old male motorcyclist and the 27-year-old driver sustained critical injuries and died at the scene.

It followed a fatal two-car collision in Lower-Chittering, northwest of Perth, on Thursday morning.

Police are still investigating after a Toyota Camry collided with a Jeep Cherokee, killing a 47-year-old woman and 54-year-old men.

Meanwhile, a 12-year-old boy was hit by a car on Thursday afternoon in the state’s southwest and was airlifted to Perth Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.

In the Northern Territory, two men were killed and a third was injured in a collision on Thursday.

The three men were travelling on the Arnhem Highway when the incident occurred around 2.45pm.

Early investigations suggest alcohol may be a factor in the crash, that caused the van to catch fire.

Meanwhile in SA, a 56-year-old man died after his Holden sedan struck a tree in Two Wells after 5pm on Friday.

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