National road toll hits 40


Accidents have killed 40 people on Australian roads this holiday season.

The Christmas, New Year road toll period ended at midnight on Tuesday, with six more deaths than for the same 12 days a year ago.

The national tally hit 40 after two men were killed in Queensland late on Tuesday.

A pedestrian aged in his 40s was hit by a truck and died at Warwick in southern Queensland on Tuesday night while walking through an intersection.

Just a few hours earlier, an elderly driver died in a two-car crash at Mount Marlow in the Whitsundays.

Two truckies also died in NSW earlier on Tuesday after their vehicles collided at Stanbridge, near Griffith.

Only Tasmania and ACT remained fatality free this holiday season, with families in all other jurisdictions mourning the loss of loved ones.

Tragically infants were among the victims, including a Sydney toddler who was run over in a driveway on New Year's Eve, and a seven-month-old Queensland baby killed when his mother reversed into his pram.


(as at 0900 AEDT, January 4, 2017)

NSW - 12

Victoria - 9

Queensland - 8

Western Australia - 6

South Australia - 4

Australian Capital Territory - 0

Tasmania - 0

Northern Territory - 1


* The AAP national road toll period runs from 0001 December 23, 2016 until 2359 January 3, 2017, local times.

© AAP 2017

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