Driver dies after car crashes into tree in Page

Lachlan Roberts 26 June 2019

A man has died after his car crashed into a tree in Page in the early hours of this morning (26 June).

Around 4:20 am, emergency services were called after reports of a single vehicle collision into a tree on Belconnen Way.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said the male driver died at the scene while the female passenger suffered minor injuries. It is the third fatality on ACT roads in 2019.

Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Acting Station Sergeant David Wills said the incident was traumatic for witnesses and emergency services who attended the scene.

“There is a sense of a vehicle having a collision with a tree at a reasonable speed,” he said. “The collision investigation and reconstruction team will put together a picture of the events that lead up to the collision and they will be looking a number of things including the driver, the vehicle, the speed and all of the things that might have contributed to the incident.”

Station Sergeant Wills said the passenger was a young lady who is lucky to be alive.

“I believe she was taken to Canberra Hospital and she has sustained some minor injuries but I have been advised they are not life-threatening so she is very lucky,” he said.

“The damage to the vehicle was substantial and the injuries to the driver caused his death so to be in the same vehicle and to have come out of it with relatively minor injuries is quite remarkable. She is very lucky.”

Belconnen Way was closed this morning as ACT Policing’s collision investigation and reconstruction team examined the circumstances surrounding the collision but the road has since reopened.

Police are encouraging anyone who witnessed or may have dash-cam footage of the incident to contact police on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Information can be provided anonymously.

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