Two people have been killed after a truck carrying much-needed hay to drought-stricken farmers crashed with a car on New South Wales’ Central West.
The driver and a passenger in the car were killed with a second passenger critically injured.
The male truck driver was not badly hurt and was taken to Wagga Wagga Hospital for mandatory testing.
The crash happened just after 11.30am on Wednesday, with emergency services called out to the Newell Highway in Ardlethan, approximately 70 km south of West Wyalong.
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The driver and a passenger in the car died at the scene.
A second passenger was released after being trapped for some time and was airlifted to Canberra Hospital in a critical condition while a third passenger was treated by paramedics for minor injuries.
Officers from Riverina Police District and the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command attended and established a crime scene.
Detectives have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash and police will prepare a report for the Coroner.