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Elderly couple killed in collision with truck on Augusta Highway

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An elderly couple has died after their car crashed head-on into a truck — sparking a grass fire — in the state’s Mid North, while two people have been seriously injured in a crash at Port Noarlunga.


An elderly couple has died after their car crashed head-on into a truck — sparking a grass fire — in the state’s Mid North.

Only the quick actions of Country Fire Service crews and local farmers stopped the fire spreading on a day of soaring temperatures.

The vehicles collided near the intersection of the Augusta Highway and Lake View Rd at Hope Gap, between Redhill and Snowtown, just after 11.30am on Thursday.

A Port Pirie couple — a 90-year-old driver and his 76-year-old female passenger — died at the scene.

Police said their Holden station wagon veered on to the wrong side of the road.

A man and his grandson travelling in the prime mover were flown to Royal Adelaide Hospital with minor injuries.

A car towing a caravan also rolled as the driver tried to avoid the collision ahead. The driver walked from the crash uninjured.

The collision left the station wagon a twisted and charred wreckage and sparked a grass fire on the side of the road.

Farmer John Coffey, 75, was working on his property near the crash when he saw black smoke pouring from the wreckage.

“I was lucky to have my firefighting trailer with me but it needed two people to run,” Mr Coffey told The Advertiser.

“But another farmer and driver passing the crash jumped on and we kept the fire from crossing the tracks.

“It was pretty filthy, winds pushing the smoke from the burning tyres, but we got in front of the fire.

“We had to be pretty hard-nosed about it, I don’t think there was anything we could’ve done for the people in the car.”

The grass fire was contained to about 1ha but state duty commander Nik Stanley said it could have been far worse.

“Unfortunately we have seen a fire break out that resulted from a tragic motor vehicle accident of the Augusta Highway,” Mr Stanley said.

“The potential for that fire could have been a lot worse than it was.

“Tragically, two people lost their lives but that fire was brought under control very quickly.”

The crash and fire caused delays for road trains and freight train services.

A passer-by driving north from Adelaide described the scene. “We saw thick black smoke up ahead and we couldn’t tell if it was a fire or an accident,” the woman, who did not wish to be named, said.

“When we got closer we saw 4WD and a van overturned.

“There was a farmer trying to put the fire out with a watertank on his tractor, and another poor guy with a fire extinguisher trying to do what he could.

“Further down the road saw the truck, which was upside and burning furiously. It was a very sobering sight.”

In a separate crash, two people were seriously injured in a three-car smash at Port Noarlunga.

The incident happened at the intersection of Dyson Rd and Goldsmith Drive just after 11am on Thursday. A man, believed to be aged in his 30s or 40s, sustained spinal and pelvic injuries and a broken leg while a 64-year-old man suffered abdominal and pelvic injuries.

Both men were taken to the Flinders Medical Centre in serious conditions.

The couple’s death takes the state’s road toll to 77, compared with 99 at the same time last year.

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