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Driver killed in Easter weekend crash on Bass Highway near Deloraine

Pulse Tasmania
The Bass Highway at Exton. Image / Pulse

A man has died at the scene of a serious crash on the Bass Highway east of Deloraine on the final day of the Easter long weekend.

The crash marks the first serious incident on Tasmanian roads during the four-day weekend.


On Monday afternoon, police confirmed the 61-year-old man from Ridgley was driving a four-wheel drive and towing a trailer at the time of the crash.

Inspector Michael Johnston said the woman who was driving the other vehicle, a light truck, was taken to the Launceston General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“Initial investigations suggest that one of the vehicles may have drifted onto the incorrect side of the road,” he said.

The Launceston General Hospital. Image / Pulse

“At this stage, there is nothing concrete as to the cause of the accident.”

“It will take some time to analyse the scene and work out exactly what’s happened, but in due course there will be report for the coroner.”

The highway was closed to all motorists between Westbury and Deloraine for some time as crash investigators examined the scene.


As large numbers of people return home from Easter holidays, Johnston has again urged motorists to drive safely.

“There’ll be people moving around in significant numbers again tomorrow, so if you’re on the road, pay attention to what you’re doing,” he said.

“Be focused … keep your speed down …. If you’re not watching your speed we will be.”

“You can help us get everybody home safely by doing the right thing on the road.”

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