Man's death in crash near Cobar takes road toll to three

A motorcyclist died in a crash in the state’s west on Saturday, becoming the third life lost on the state’s roads this Easter long weekend, police say.

The 36-year-old single rider of the bike died at the scene of the crash north of Cobar.

Emergency services were called to Tilpa Road, Tilpa about 1.55pm on Saturday afternoon following reports a motorcycle had crashed.

Officers from Darling River Local Area Command are investigating the incident and will prepare a brief for the information of the Coroner.

Emergency services were also called to a crash between Dubbo and Narromine on Saturday.

The incident occurred about 20 kilometres west of Dubbo and one person was trapped, Dubbo Rescue Squad captain David Chenhall reported.

Emergency services together extracted one patient from a vehicle through a windscreen, Mr Chenhall said.

In the wake of the fatal crash at Cobar police continue to appeal to motorists to drive safely and responsibly as they conduct a major road safety campaign.

The three lives lost by the end of the third day of Operation Tortoise was two more than for the same period last year, police reported.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said the deaths of the three men on rural roads was a major cause for concern.

“When we investigate roads deaths we look always look at major risk factors such as speed and fatigue,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

“While these deaths are devastating to all involved, I do take a positive news from the progressive statistics that show fewer major crashes recorded this campaign (216 this year, 26 fewer than last year), and fewer people injured as a consequence (78 people injured this year compared to 86 last year).

Mr Chenhall said Dubbo Rescue Squad had also been called to a motor vehicle crash on Friday and he echoed the appeals of the police assistant commissioner.

“It’s a time of year we don’t want accidents,” he said.

“Be safe, look after your loved ones.”

Police said there were some significant incidents in western NSW in recent days.

Officers from Mudgee Highway Patrol detected a 38-year-old man travelling at 153km/h in a 100km/h zone on Friday night on the Castlereagh Highway.

A 41-year-old man was stopped by police on Thursday on the Newell Highway at Parkes.

He allegedly returned a reading of 0.135 and was charged with mid-range PCA.

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