Woman dies after debris struck vehicle; man charged

A man has been charged following the death of a woman after debris hit a vehicle in the state’s west.

Just after 5pm on Friday (24 January 2020), emergency services were called to the Newell Highway at Alectown, about 25km north of Parkes, after debris from a truck allegedly struck a Toyota Prado SUV travelling in the opposite direction.

Upon arrival, officers from Central West Police District located a 38-year-old seriously injured. Despite attempts to revive her, she passed away at the scene.

The driver of the Toyota, a 42-year-old man, and three boys – aged four, six and nine – were taken to Parkes Hospital as a precaution and have since been released.

The truck driver, a 52-year-old man, was also taken to Parkes Hospital for mandatory testing.

A crime scene was established with officers from the Crash Investigation Unit investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following inquiries, investigators arrested a 52-year-old man at Parkes Police Station about 3.30pm yesterday (Saturday 25 January 2020).

He was charged with drive unsafely loaded vehicle causing death.

The man was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Parkes Local Court on Monday 16 March 2020.

Investigations are continuing.

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