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‘Too many deaths on our roads’

Acting Sgt Mal Burdett says motorists should take extra care.ANOTHER death on Border roads has led to police urging drivers to take extra care.
Nanjing Night Net

A Wangaratta woman was killed instantly when her car and a truck collided at Rutherglen on Thursday afternoon.

Her Ford XR6 sedan is believed to have pulled out in front of a grain truck heading east on the Murray Valley Highway.

The woman, 46, was driving south on Federation Way when the crash happened about 5.20pm.

The truck driver, a Rutherglen man, 39, was not injured.

Wodonga highway patrol police are investigating the crash.

Acting Sgt Mal Burdett said the incident was a reminder what can happen if drivers don’t take care.

“This is a tragedy and we don’t want anyone else to have to go through it,” he said.

The crash came three days after a Melbourne man, 58, died after a Hume Freeway collision at Springhurst.

The man died at Wangaratta hospital less than three hours after the car in which he was a passenger spun out of control in the south-bound lane, crashing head-on into a truck headed in the same direction.

The latest death is the sixth on Border roads since late September.

Sgt Burdett said conditions on Thursday evening were unlikely to have contributed to the crash.

“At 5.30 at night, you can’t get much better than that,” he said.

Sgt Burdett appealed for assistance from those who might have seen what happened.

“We’ve got a number of witnesses who we’ve actually identified from the scene,” he said.

“But we’re just asking that anyone who hasn’t already contacted police or been contacted by us to do so.”

Sgt Burdett said Border roads were starting to get even busier in the lead-up to Christmas.

“We’re just calling on everyone to take that extra couple of minutes to get where they’re going, to be vigilant in their driving,” he said.

“They’re not only driving for themselves but for everyone else on the road.

“That’s not pointing the finger at anyone in relation to this latest collision.

“Police are just asking for people to slow down and to take a step back.”

Any witnesses to Thursday’s crash are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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