DPP hurt in fatal crash

Written By miftah nugraha on Senin, 25 Maret 2013 | 19.55

A cameraman at the scene of Sunday's fatal head-on crash on the Midland Highway, south of Oatlands. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE

A VEHICLE being driven by Director of Public Prosecutions Tim Ellis, SC, was on the wrong side of double white lines when his car collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle on the Midland Highway near Oatlands yesterday, police said.

A 27-year-old West Launceston woman died in the crash.

Mr Ellis, 57, is expected to be moved from intensive care today after being involved in the fatal crash at Lovely Banks south of Oatlands at 6.15pm on Sunday.

The DPP and his wife, Guardianship Board president Anita Smith, 44, both of Mt Stuart, were hospitalised for injuries they received in the crash.

A Royal Hobart Hospital spokeswoman confirmed Mr Ellis had suffered a broken leg in the crash and his wife a broken collarbone.

Ms Smith is expected to be discharged from hospital today.

The crash occurred on a stretch of highway where there are two northbound lanes and one southbound lane separated by double continuous white lines.

In a statement, police said Mr Ellis's blue 2011 Mercedes sedan was on the wrong side of the road when the Mercedes and a white Toyota hatchback collided.

"The impact has resulted in the Mercedes veering into the western-most northbound lane, where it collided with the black Commodore sedan which was travelling northbound in the left of the two northbound lanes.

"The driver of the Commodore, a 23-year-old Rocherlea man, and his female passenger were not injured."

Accident investigators looking into the crash closed the Midland Highway until after midnight. It was also closed again today for about 30 minutes.

The crash takes the state's road toll to six -- equal to the toll at this time last year.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to the crash, or anyone who may have seen any of the vehicles before the incident, to come forward.


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