Boy, grandmother killed in Tas car crash

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A 15-year-old boy and his 68-year-old grandmother have died in a collision between their car and a truck in northwest Tasmania.

The double fatality takes the island state's road toll to 30 for the year, compared to 35 in 2021.

The pair's Hyundai hatch struck the rear-end of a flat-tray truck on the Bass Highway at Latrobe about 6.15pm on Tuesday.

Two 14-year-old boys in the back seat of the Hyundai escaped with minor injuries and the truck driver was unharmed.

The 15-year-old boy and his grandmother died at the scene.

"They were family members. I believe ... it was the youth and his nan," Tasmania Police Inspector John King told reporters.

Police have pleaded with people to take care on the roads, with the state government recently launching a new fleet of mobile speed cameras to tackle dangerous driving.

In May, police announced they would stop issuing cautions for speeding, distraction, drink and drug driving, fatigue and not wearing seatbelts, and instead deliver on-the-spot fines.

"(The fatalities are) terribly disappointing. It has a huge impact on family and friends ... and it has a huge impact on the community as a whole," Insp King said.

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