Tragic details of the triple fatality on the Midland Highway near Ross on Friday afternoon have come to light.
Early investigations indicate a solar panel on a caravan travelling north dislodged and fell into the southbound lane, causing a 48-year-old driver to take evasive action and collide head-on with a vehicle travelling behind the caravan.
Police have confirmed he and two passengers - a 71-year-old and a 15-year-old girl died at the scene - while a fourth occupant, a 7-year-old boy, has been airlifted to the Royal Hobart Hospital in a serious condition.
The two adults, both aged 21, and 5-year-old child in the car travelling behind the caravan have been taken to hospital in a stable condition, while the driver the vehicle towing the caravan was unaware of the crash and continued towards Epping Forest, another adult and 3 children inside.
Police are describing the incident as a tragedy for all involved.
“An incident like this is distressing for everyone involved and will have a life long impact for so many people,” said Acting Commander Kate Chambers.
“The driver and his family are understandably distraught and have been offered support.”
Crash Investigation Services are attending the scene.