FATIGUE and perhaps forgetfulness may be responsible for the deaths of two French nationals killed when their Hyundai sedan collided with an empty milk truck near Dilkoon in Northern NSW early this morning.

The crash occurred at 3.45am on a sweeping bend on a crest in the Summerland Way about 25km north of Grafton.

Police markers put the impact point on the wrong side of the road for the northbound sedan.

Debris across the impact zone of the crash between a Hyundai sedan and milk tanker on the Summerland Way at Dilkoon on Saturday.
Debris across the impact zone of the crash between a Hyundai sedan and milk tanker on the Summerland Way at Dilkoon on Saturday. Bill North

Initial observations at the scene suggest either driver fatigue, or tiredness combined with the driver forgetting he was in a left-hand drive country, caused the car to be on the wrong side of the road.

The driver and passenger of the sedan, both men, were aged in their late 20s or early 30s.


Police, the Dilkoon RFS brigade and Grafton SES raced to the accident scene when the call came in at about 3.45am.

They arrived to find the driver and passenger dead at scene. Police confirmed it was raining at the time of the collision.

The truck driver was uninjured and taken to Grafton Hospital for mandatory testing.

The empty milk truck involved in the collision which killed two people near Dilkoon on Saturday morning, shows damage to its front panels.
The empty milk truck involved in the collision which killed two people near Dilkoon on Saturday morning, shows damage to its front panels. Bill North

"The two occupants of the car have died on impact," Coffs/Clarence Police District duty officer Acting Inspector Darren Williams told The Daily Examiner at the crash scene.

"At the moment the scene is a crime scene. Police are examining it for a report to the coroner.

"At this stage it appears the sedan is at fault. The crime scene is being analysed.

"The two deceased we believe are French nationals in a hire car that were heading northbound."

The wreck of a Hyundai sedan in which two people, believed to be French nationals, died when it collided head on with an empty milk truck on the Summerland Way at Dilkoon on Saturday.
The wreck of a Hyundai sedan in which two people, believed to be French nationals, died when it collided head on with an empty milk truck on the Summerland Way at Dilkoon on Saturday. Bill North

The Summerland Way was closed throughout the morning as investigations took place and a traffic diversion in place along the Pringles Way turnoff about 10km north of the crash scene via Lawrence and Grafton.

Police will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.



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