Five fatalities in 48 hours.
Five fatalities in 48 hours. File

NSW road death toll shattered in 48 hours with five killed

ONE of the best new year traffic records in almost 10 years has been shattered by the deaths of five people on NSW roads in less than 48 hours.  

Among them was a four-year-old boy who died after being hit by a four-wheel drive.  

The death of an 87-year-old woman near Canberra late Sunday signalled the start of a horror two days.  

By Tuesday night crashes had claimed the lives of four others - the boy on the Central Coast, a 38-year-old motorbike rider at Wetherill Park, a 48-year-old truck driver on the Hume Hwy near Yass and an 82-year-old female passenger near Matraville.  

The spate of deaths prompted the state's traffic chief to repeat the age-old warnings about the fatal five: speeding, fatigue, impaired driving (by alcohol or drugs), failure to wear a seat belt and driver distraction and inattention.   

Highway Patrol commander John Hartley said congestion following the Christmas and New Year period remained a problem and urged drivers to be patient.  

"The worst job for any police officer is knocking on someone's door and telling them a loved one won't be coming home," Mr Hartley said.  

"We don't want to do this and you don't want to hear this so please - take care on our roads."  

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