Two of the four people killed in a horror head-on crash near Canberra have been identified as a husband and wife from Yass.
Dianne and Craig Perry, 52 and 54, died when their ute collided with another ute on the Barton Highway at Jeir in the early hours of Friday morning.
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A male driver and male passenger in the second ute, both believed to be in their 20s, also died.
Another man from the second ute, also believed to be in his 20s, was treated at the scene by paramedics and was flown to Canberra Hospital where he was in critical condition.
In a post on social media, the couple have been remembered as “well-respected members of the Yass community”.
“They were always compassionate and understanding, and had never-ending support not only to their family but also to friends or anyone who just needed a hand,” Susan Turner-Davis wrote, manager at Yass Pets where the couple’s son Luke also works.
“Dianne always had a bright genuine smile along with kind words and a willing hand.
“Craig was a man of few words but those words were always golden and came with his trademark dry grin.”
It’s believed the crash occurred when the second ute swerved into the lane Dianne and Craig Perry were driving in, however police have not confirmed the cause of the collision and are still investigating.
Acting NSW Assistant Commissioner Tracy Chapman said the incident was tragic.
“Two cars with multiple deceased is no doubt seen as horrific,” she said.
“My thoughts are with the family, friends and local community. They will no doubt feel the impact of these deaths.”
Seven people in total died as a result of accidents on Good Friday.
On Saturday police charged a woman over a fatal crash in southeast Tasmania.
The 26-year-old woman was behind the wheel of a Camry that collided with a white MG sedan on the Arthur Highway near Copping, in southeast Tasmania, on Friday morning.
A woman who was a passenger in the MG died.
The Camry driver has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and other traffic offences.
NSW, Queensland and Victoria Police are continuing to run major traffic operations to crack down on road trauma through the long weekend.
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