April 2, 2024

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Introduction
A serene afternoon near Parkes, Central West NSW, turned tragic when two vehicles collided at a highway intersection, resulting in the death of an elderly woman and injuries to five others, emphasizing the imperative of road safety awareness.

Incident Details
At approximately 4:15 pm on Monday, a sedan and a utility vehicle crashed at the intersection of the Newell Highway and Ashburnham Road at Daroobalgie. The collision claimed the life of an 83-year-old woman passenger in the sedan and critically injured the sedan’s 83-year-old male driver, who was airlifted to Westmead Hospital. The utility vehicle’s occupants, including the 52-year-old driver and three passengers, sustained minor injuries and were transported to Forbes Hospital.

Emergency Response and Investigation
Emergency services promptly responded to the scene, providing medical assistance and transportation for the injured. In the wake of the tragedy, a comprehensive investigation has been initiated by NSW Police, with specialist units examining the scene to determine the crash’s causative factors.

Community Impact and Safety Reminder
The crash near Parkes has deeply impacted the local community and serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers present at highway intersections. It reinforces the importance of adhering to traffic regulations, maintaining vigilance, and practicing defensive driving to prevent similar incidents.

Conclusion
As investigations continue and the community mourns, the focus remains on road safety and the collective responsibility to prevent such devastating occurrences. The incident near Parkes is a somber reminder of the fragility of life and the critical need to prioritize safety on our roads, for ourselves and our fellow travelers.