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Toc. car crash fatality

By Southern Riverina News

A Wagga man became the fourth person to die on southern NSW roads during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend when his car hit a tree at Tocumwal.

Police said the man’s car was discovered on Barooga Rd about 6.30am Monday.

The passing motorist alerted emergency services, but the man, aged in his 50s, was unable to be saved.

Police confirmed the man was the sole occupant of the car.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said three of the four fatalities to that point had occurred on country roads, during the police operation Stay Alert.

‘‘I would like to remind regional drivers that no matter how well you think you might know a stretch of road that crashes can occur at anytime and anywhere,’’ he said.

‘‘You need to be prepared for the unexpected and drive to conditions.’’

Stay Alert statistics in the southern police region — which includes the Murray River Police District — from Friday, June 7 to Monday morning were as follows:

●Speed infringements – 758.

●Breath tests – 34,920.

●PCA charges – 34.

●Major crashes – 17.

●People injured – 9.

●Fatalities – 3.

Stay Alert concluded at 11.59pm Monday. Local statistics were not known at the time of going to print yesterday.