A woman has died and a man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a tow truck crashed in the Snowy Mountains on Saturday night (July 8).
A NSW police spokesperson said the woman, who was a passenger in the tow truck, died after the vehicle – which was towing a ute – left the Snowy Mountains Highway and slid down an embankment at Kiandra, south-east of Talbingo about 7.30pm.
NSW Ambulance paramedics and officers from Monaro Police District arrived to find a woman travelling in the truck cabin had died, with the male driver trapped.
They worked to release the 54-year-old driver before he was taken to Canberra Hospital in a serious condition.
The owner of the ute, a 29-year-old woman, and her young son – who were travelling in the back seat of the truck – escaped with minor injuries. They’ve been taken to Cooma Hospital to be checked as a precaution.
The highway was closed between Miles Franklin Drive at Talbingo, and Denison Boundary Trail, near Providence Portal, for more than eight hours.
The crash was cleared and all lanes of the Snowy Mountains Highway open about 4am with all diversions lifted.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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