A man, woman and young girl have been killed in a two-car crash in central Tasmania that has left four others in hospital.
Their car lost control and veered into an oncoming vehicle while avoiding a solar panel which had fallen off a caravan on the Midland Highway on Friday afternoon.
One seven-year-old boy, who was in the same car as the three people who died, was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
The man, 48, woman, 71, and 15-year-old girl died at the scene.
Three others from the second car - a man and woman, both 21, and seven-year-old girl - are in a stable condition.
Police say the driver of the car towing the caravan continued on their journey, unaware there had been a crash behind them.
"This is a tragedy for all three families," acting commander Kate Chambers said.
"An incident like this is distressing for everyone involved and will have a lifelong impact for so many people.
“The driver and his family are understandably distraught and have been offered support.”
The highway, the main thoroughfare connecting Tasmania's north and south, was closed for several hours, reopening about 6pm.
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