Elderly driver killed in crash on way to see daughter after lockdown

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A man has died following a crash between a truck and a car in the Blue Mountains.

Eight ambulance crews were called to Mount Tomah on Monday about 10.30am.

The truck’s trailer rolled and slid down an embankment with both the man, aged in his 60s, and woman inside needing to be extricated.

A truck is seen overturned following a fatal crash in Mount Tomah.
Two people had to be extricated from this truck following a crash in the Blue Mountains. Source: 7News

He was hospitalised in a stable condition with injuries to his head and chest while his passenger was hospitalised with minor chest injuries.

The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 70s, died at the scene.

It's believed the man was travelling to Orange to see his daughter for the first time since restrictions were lifted on regional travel in NSW, 7News reported.

NSW Ambulance Chief Inspector Brian Parsell called the man’s death “a tragedy”.

“It's a sombre reminder that things can change quickly when you're driving and with more people on the road as restrictions continue to ease, we ask you to please take care,” he said.

Emergency crews respond to the scene at Mt Tomah. Source: CareFlight
Emergency crews respond to the scene at Mt Tomah. Source: CareFlight
A car pictured smashed in a fatal crash in Mount Tomah.
The driver of the car did not survive. Source: 7News

Travel resumes in NSW

Restrictions on travel between Sydney and the regions were lifted on Monday for fully vaccinated people.

Under the current roadmap, regional travel was pushed back two weeks until November 1. There were concerns not enough people in regional NSW were fully protected against coronavirus.

Regional areas continue to account for a significant portion of the new cases. Out of 177 cases reported on Sunday, 33 were diagnosed in Hunter New England, 22 in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, and 13 on the Mid North Coast. 

Interstate travel between NSW and Victoria resumed on Monday, while quarantine-free international arrivals also returned to NSW and Victoria on Monday.

Victoria won't cap the number of fully vaccinated returning Australians wishing to enter the state, but unvaccinated people and international arrivals who don't meet the criteria will be limited to 250 per week.

Passengers don't have to isolate if they are inoculated with an approved vaccine, provide a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure and another 24 hours after arrival.

Children aged under 12 arriving with fully vaccinated parents, and people with a valid medical exemption will also not be required to quarantine.

Outbound international travel is also set to increase, with the federal government no longer requiring exemptions for people to leave Australia.

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