Christmas road toll rises to seven

A young Western Australian man and a woman in South Australia have died in car crashes on Christmas Eve, pushing the national holiday road toll to seven.

Their deaths are the first recorded in WA and SA since the official 12-day holiday road toll period began early on Sunday morning.

Police will investigate the circumstances of the WA crash, which killed a man whose car hit a power pole on Burton Road in Esperance, about 720km southeast of Perth, just after midnight on Sunday (local time).

In SA, a woman died after the car she was travelling in veered off the Riddoch Highway near Naracoorte on Monday afternoon and hit a tree.

Emergency services were called to the crash site shortly after 2pm (CST) on the Riddoch Highway, 5km north of Naracoorte.

They were unable to revive the middle-aged woman.

An elderly woman's death on Sunday was the first recorded in NSW this holiday season, while Tasmania has recorded one death.

Three people have died in Victoria since the toll period began.

* The national road toll period runs from 0001 December 23, 2012 until 2359 January 3, 2013, local times, in line with the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Board.

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