Tragic start to 2013 toll

Written By miftah nugraha on Selasa, 22 Januari 2013 | 19.55

The fatal collision on the Bass Highway at Prospect between a car and cattle truck. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN

AN American woman, 68, died yesterday morning after the car in which she was a passenger and a prime mover collided on the Bass Highway.

The woman, from New York, was rushed to the Launceston General Hospital but died soon after arrival.

She was the first person to die on Tasmania's roads this year.

The 71-year-old woman driving the Hyundai sedan and a man, 70, both from St Helens, were taken to the Launceston General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The 69-year-old driver of the fully laden cattle truck was not injured in the crash, which occurred about 2km west of the Westbury Rd overpass near Travellers Rest.

Constable Nigel Housego said it appeared the Hyundai had been in the left lane of the dual lane highway heading west about 8.48am.

Constable Housego said he believed the sedan travelled into the right lane after the driver attempted to find a place to do a U-turn.

The truck is believed to have struck the rear of the Hyundai and shunted it over a culvert on to the median strip.

The truck travelled another 80m before the driver could stop it.

"It looks as though the truck driver has not had much of a chance to react but he braked before the impact," Constable Housego said.

He said it appeared the driver of the sedan had not seen the truck.

"Excessive speed does not seem to have been a factor."

There was luggage in the vehicle and police believe the tourist may have been going home.

Police closed the west-bound lanes of the Bass Highway for five hours and diverted traffic onto the Meander Valley Highway.

Police have asked any witnesses to contact Northern Crash Investigation Services on 6336 3936 or 6336 3701.

The road toll of one death is the same as it was for the same period last year.

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