Deadly weekend on NT roads as four killed in fiery Howard Springs crash, two others hospitalised after collision with road train

by | Feb 21, 2022 | Cops | 0 comments

Authorities have revealed the ages of the four men killed in the horrific Howard Springs single-vehicle car crash, but their identities remain unofficial as police continue formally identifying the victims who were “extensively burned”.

Saturday’s rollover is the largest single motor vehicle death toll in the Northern Territory since five people were killed in a car crash west of Jabiru in 2019.

In a press briefing Monday morning, Major Crash Investigation Unit officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan Lindner said the process of formally identifying the people who were killed in the crash is still ongoing.

According to Snr Sgt Lindner, the driver is believed to be a 32-year-old male, while the other passengers were males aged 27, 30 and 36.

“Each of those deceased persons are yet to be formally identified, we believe that’s who that is,” he said.

Mr Lindner said all men “tragically were extensively burned and the process of formal identification is happening.”

Around 6:45pm on Saturday, authorities and paramedics responded to a single vehicle crash that involved a 2006 white Holden Commodore on Hillier Road, about 30 kilometres south of Darwin.

The vehicle left the road at Hillier Rd and crashed before catching fire.

All four occupants of the vehicle died on the spot, NT police said, who are still investigating whether alcohol was involved.

St John Ambulance NT operations manager Craig Garraway told ABC Radio Darwin on Monday morning that the tragedy was a “horrible scene for everyone involved”.

Mr Garraway said it appeared that the car had struck a culvert just off Whitewood Road.

“And, unfortunately, the four people passed away at the scene,” he said.

“Obviously, [it’s] a very difficult scene for everyone involved, bystanders and all the emergency workers.”

Hillier Road was temporarily closed in both directions while crash investigators examined the scene.

Meanwhile, tributes poured at the culvert along Hillier Rd where the four men lost their lives. Some people brought flowers, beers and farewell notes.

Howard Springs crash followed by another incident in which two men were taken to hospital after colliding with road train

Two men onboard an SUV sustained serious injuries after they collided with a road train in East Arnhem Land on Saturday night, NT Police said.

Both men have been taken to hospital and one is reportedly in an unstable condition.

Northern Territory Police said in a statement released on Sunday afternoon that the two vehicles crashed on Groote Eylandt about 9:30pm on Saturday night.

They said emergency services responded to the incident.

The men, aged 65 and 52, were initially taken to the local health clinic in serious conditions.

Police said one man has since been transferred to Royal Darwin Hospital, while the other was transferred to Gove District Hospital, according to NT Police.

ABC reported that both men are now confined at the Royal Darwin Hospital.

“The 65-year-old man remains in a serious condition, while the 52-year-old is now stable,” the report stated.

They also said the road train driver was uninjured.

NT Police said the driver of the road train underwent a road-side breath test and returned negative.

ABC meanwhile said the men involved also underwent road-side breath tests and returned a negative result.

NT Police said they continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

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