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Horror weekend on Upper Hunter roads, with four people dead

It’s been a horror weekend on roads in the Upper Hunter, with four people dying in two separate accidents.

A woman was killed, and a second female injured, following a single vehicle crash just after 11am on Sunday 17 January at Upper Allyn, about 50km east of Muswellbrook.

Then, about 9.30pm, three people died and a man is in a critical condition, after a head-on collision at Muswellbrook.

Emergency services were called to Bengalla Road following a crash between a Kia Carnival and a utility.

The driver and sole occupant of the ute – a man believed to be aged in his 30s – died at the scene.

The male driver and a female passenger in the Kia were also killed.

They are yet to formally identified and their ages aren’t known.

A passenger in the Kia, a man believed to be aged in his 60s, was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police from Hunter Valley Police District established a crime scene and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash is underway.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Earlier in the day, emergency services were called to Allyn River Road after reports a Toyota Landcruiser had rolled down an embankment and crashed into Allyn River.

Witnesses climbed down the embankment and freed the female passenger from the vehicle, before starting CPR.

NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived a short time later and continued treating the woman, but she died at the scene.

She is yet to be formally identified.

The driver – an 18-year-old woman – was able to free herself from the vehicle after the crash.

She was winched from the river area and airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.

Officers from Port Stephens Hunter Police District established a crime scene.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash is ongoing and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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