Man charged after 25-year-old dies in head-on collision near Walcha

UPDATE: A man has been charged over a fatal crash in the state’s Central Tablelands.

Emergency services were called to Thunderbolts Way, Walcha, about 10.45pm on Saturday, December 23 after a BMW sedan and a taxi van collided.

The BMW’s front seat passenger, a 25-year-old man, died at the scene, while the driver, a 27-year-old man, suffered facial and suspected rib injuries.

He was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests as well as medical assessment.

The driver of the taxi, a 58-year-old woman, was taken to John Hunter Hospital, while a 25-year-old male passenger was taken to Tamworth Hospital.

Yesterday (Wednesday, December 27 2017), the 27-year-old attended Glen Innes Police Station where he was arrested.

He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, and two counts of cause bodily harm by misconduct while driving a vehicle.

The man’s licence was suspended and he was given strict conditional bail to appear before Armidale Local Court on Monday, February 5 2018.

EARLIER: A man has died following a head-on collision between two vehicles near Walcha in the state’s Central Tablelands last night.

Emergency services were called to Thunderbolts Way, about 5km south of Walcha, about 10.45pm on Saturday after a BMW sedan and a taxi van collided.

The BMW’s front seat passenger, a 25-year-old man, died at the scene, while the driver, a 27-year-old man, suffered facial and suspected rib injuries.

He was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests as well as medical assessment.

The driver of the taxi, a 58-year-old woman, and the passengers, five men aged between 19 and 25, were all trapped in the van before being released by emergency services.

The woman was flown to John Hunter Hospital where she is in a stable condition, while one man, aged 25, was taken to Tamworth Hospital with a suspected broken arm.

Crash investigators attended the scene last night to commence inquiries which are ongoing.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Road diversions are still in place at the scene and motorists should check livetraffic.com for the latest traffic updates.

This story Man, 27, charged after fatal crash near Walcha first appeared on The Northern Daily Leader.

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