Four children have been left orphaned after their parents were killed in a tragic car accident in Victoria on Saturday morning.
Michael and Jo Glare were driving with their teenage daughter on the busy Midland Highway towards Daylesford when the vehicle lost control and smashed into a tree.
Police believe black ice on the road was the cause of the fatal crash.
The couple died at the scene while their 18-year-old daughter, Rhiannon, was taken to hospital suffering cuts to her face.
Family members are now comforting Rhiannon, her sister and two brothers who have been left orphaned.
Mr Glare’s sister Kerrie Munro described the incident as a “freak accident” and remains in hospital by her niece’s side.
“They have lost both parents at the same time the poor things,” Ms Munro told the Herald Sun.
Police believe speed was not a factor, and have warned motorist to be wary of black ice and slippery conditions in the cold conditions.
Snow and ice has forced road closures on parts of New South Wales country roads.
The Great Western Highway between Yetholme and Marangaroo, west of Lithgow, has been closed, as well as local roads in Oberon and Jenolan.
The New England Highway between Armidale and Glen Innes has also been shut to traffic.
Black ice forms on top of roads during cold, wet weather, significantly reducing visibility.
The deaths take the state's road toll to 142, up from 123 at the same stage last year.