Fatal crash at Gilmore

The Toyota Corolla involved in Monday's fatal crash at Gilmore.
The Toyota Corolla involved in Monday’s fatal crash at Gilmore.

Helen Thelma James, from Wagga and formerly of Tumut, died as the result of a two-vehicle crash on the Snowy Mountains Highway, 300m west of the Batlow Road intersection near the Tuckatorium, on Monday.

At about 4pm Mrs James, 42, who was driving a green Toyota Corolla towards Adelong (west) upon the Snowy Mountains Highway, apparently lost control of her vehicle in wet conditions, with witnesses reporting the vehicle was fishtailing prior to the crash.

Police say the vehicle collided with a guardrail, which catapulted Mrs James’ car into the path of an oncoming Toyota Landcruiser utility that was travelling in the opposite direction, driven by a 25-year-old man from Batlow.

The passenger side of the Corolla was crushed, with the wheels buckled and the chassis terribly distorted. The vehicle came to a stop against the opposite side guard rail.

Witnesses stopped to assist both the drivers until ambulance officers arrived on the scene a short time later.

Police say that Mrs James passed away at the scene whilst the male driver of the Landcruiser was conveyed to Tumut Hospital with an injured knee and bruising from the seat belt.

Tumut RFS and SES were on scene to assist and the Crime Scene Investigations crew from Griffith also attended. Both vehicles required towing from the scene and traffic was diverted for some time.