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