Fatality shuts down New England Hwy

Section of the New England Highway in regional NSW closed indefinitely after a fatality today

July 14, 2010

A section of the New England Highway in regional NSW has been closed indefinitely after a fatality today.

Police have closed the highway south of Singleton, about 180km north of Sydney, after a utility collided with a tow truck early today.

Traffic is being diverted to the Golden Highway, with police saying the diversion will remain while investigations continue into the incident.

"As a consequence of that collision the second utility was also hit," a police statement says.

The driver of the first utility was taken to hospital in a critical condition but the passenger died at the scene.

The driver of the second utility and the truck driver were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The 56- year-old man from Shortland who was driving the second utility was taken to Singleton Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the tow truck was also taken to Singleton Hospital suffering minor injuries.

"Diversions are in place with northbound traffic using The Golden Highway, and southbound traffic being diverted to Range Road and onto The Golden Highway," the police statement says.

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