26 November 2021

UPDATED: One person dead after two car collision on Monaro Highway

| Lottie Twyford
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One person has died after a two-vehicle collision on the Monaro Highway this afternoon. Photo: File.

UPDATED 5 pm: NSW Police said one man died at the scene of the collision on the Monaro Highway this afternoon while a woman has been taken to Canberra Hospital.

The woman is in a stable condition and suffered only minor injuries.

Officers from the Monaro Police District attended the scene of the crash just after 2 pm this afternoon where they found a truck and a car had collided.

The driver of the truck has also been taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the collision had involved three vehicles.

4 pm: NSW Police have confirmed one person has died following a two-vehicle collision on the Monaro Highway, just south of the ACT this afternoon.

A truck and a car collided near Michelago just north of Kelly Road.

All lanes in both directions at Williamsdale are now closed as emergency services attend the scene.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and delay their trip.

Southbound light vehicles already in the area are being diverted onto Old Cooma Road. Northbound vehicles are being turned around at Michelago. Heavy vehicles are being parked.

The road is expected to remain closed for a significant time.

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Capital Retro5:34 pm 31 Jan 22

I was driving north on the Monaro Highway near Royalla yesterday afternoon. The number of ACT plated cars was about twice as many as NSW ones and the former were definitely the most aggressive and foolhardy on the road given the high volume of traffic and the wet conditions.

At the intersection of the old Cooma Road (where the RFS shed is ) a car rolled through the give way sign and turned right about 50 metres in front of me and if I hadn’t anticipated his illegal intent and braked he would have been flattened by my bull-bar.

He then tailgated a Landcruiser all the way to Canberra.

The car was a red Tesla with ACT plates. Just saying.

I drove up to Cooma yesterday and obviously past the spot the accident happened. Past that area, I saw numerous near misses as traffic was dodging deep potholes. The road is absolutely shocking. I am not exaggerating. There’s A, B and C roads. The Monaro Highway is an F. If cops want to enforce drive to conditions, the speed should be 40kph

Capital Retro3:34 pm 28 Nov 21

Your suggestion that speed limits should have been reduced commensurate with weather and road conditions is spot-on.

I was travelling north on the Monaro Highway about 30 minutes before the accident and there was a road patrol trying to repair road edges on that newly widened section about 2 kms north of Michelago.

There appeared to be no warning signs and traffic in both directions was very heavy and fast.

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