4WDs common to NSW holiday deaths – National – smh.com.au

I have noted that many of the fatal accidents this Christmas have been 4-wheel-drive off-road vehicles. Perhaps this will raise the issue of these monsters being unsafe?

4WDs common to NSW holiday deaths – smh.com.au

By Natasha Wallace
December 28, 2005

FOUR-wheel-drive vehicles were involved in all three NSW fatal road accidents in which four people died over the Christmas period.

The national holiday road toll rose to 21 yesterday afternoon when a 33-year-old NSW man’s motorcyle slid into the path of an oncoming car on a bend near the Gold Coast.

Early yesterday a woman and one of her six passengers, a teenage male, died after she lost control of a Toyota LandCruiser. The vehicle dropped about four metres off the side of the road near Wallabadah, 50 kilometres west of Tamworth. Two female passengers are critically ill at Tamworth Base Hospital.

A 26-year-old Victorian man was crushed to death on Boxing Day after an open-topped Jeep Wrangler he was driving rolled in Eden, on the South Coast.

On Christmas Day a 12-year-old boy died and four people were injured in the first fatal accident during the Operation Safe Arrival campaign, which began on December 23 and ends at midnight on January 6.

The child died at the scene after the family’s four-wheel-drive ran off the new M7 motorway at Cecil Park, in Sydney’s west.

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