20 December 2023

UPDATED: Queanbeyan man dies in 'tragic' head-on crash near Canberra Airport

| Albert McKnight and Claire Fenwicke
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Two cars crashed on Pialligo Avenue near the Canberra Airport on Wednesday, resulting in a man’s death. Photo: Claire Fenwicke.

UPDATE, 12:30 pm: Tragically, a fourth person has died on the ACT’s roads this year after a two-vehicle collision near the Canberra Airport.

The 30-year-old man from Queanbeyan died at the scene of a head-on crash on Wednesday morning (20 December).

ACT Policing said a Holden Astra hatchback and a Nissan Patrol 4WD had collided on Pialligo Avenue between Scherger Drive and Oaks Estate Road.

Emergency services treated the occupants of the vehicles.

The 30-year-old was driving the Astra and sadly died at the scene.

The occupants of the Nissan, a man and a woman, were taken to Canberra Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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A Holden Astra and a Nissan Patrol crashed near the Canberra Airport on Wednesday. Photo: Claire Fenwicke.

Acting Inspector Mark Richardson said there was significant damage to both vehicles.

“It’s a tragic event at any point, but especially at this time of the year,” he said.

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He said the weather conditions would form part of the investigation, as the road was wet from rain at the time.

“We just ask people to drive to the conditions of the road,” he said.

“If the roads are wet, people need to take that little bit of extra care whatever the speed limit is, just drive to the conditions.”

“The reasons behind this accident will become evident once the investigation gets underway.”

He said the 30-year-old’s next of kin have been notified.

12:15 pm: A 30-year-old man from Queanbeyan has died after a two-vehicle collision on Pialligo Avenue this morning (20 December).

At about 9:10 am today a Holden Astra hatchback and a Nissan Patrol SUV collided on Pialligo Avenue between Scherger Drive and Oaks Estate Road, Majura.

Police and emergency services attended and treated the occupants of the vehicles – two men and a woman.

Sadly, the 30-year-old man died at the scene.

This is the fourth fatality on ACT roads in 2023.

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The other man and the woman who were both travelling in the Nissan were transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

ACT Policing’s Major Collision Team is investigating the circumstances of the incident.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have dash-cam footage of Pialligo Avenue in the lead-up to the crash.

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Pialligo Avenue was closed on Wednesday after a two-vehicle crash, in which a 30-year-old from Queanbeyan was killed. Photo: Claire Fenwicke.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.  Please quote 7625178.

Both lanes of Pialligo Avenue are closed and motorists have been asked to avoid the area.

“Pialligo Avenue will be closed for an indeterminate amount of time. Please avoid the area,” ACT Policing said.

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These vehicles are like trucks in the way they just demolish anything smaller that’s in their way. Scary for those driving smaller lighter cars, even worse for bikes and pedestrians.

Because of their height and limited vision of people, they are killing pedestrians at higher rates than other vehicles and they have already killed so many little kids in driveways.

No doubt the owners of these vehicles complain of the high price of petrol too, because they will guzzle it. Nothing earth friendly about these massive vehicles, any more than the massive houses where they are often garaged.

With such differently sized cars it’s no surprise who survived and who didn’t. I am more and more scared to be on the road given the recent trend to larger, heavier vehicles and with higher front bumpers that are “incompatible” with the bumpers of normal cars like hatchbacks and sedans.

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