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Carnage continues on highway of heartacheinteractive, photos

Carnage continues on highway of heartache | interactive, photos HORROR STRETCH: Robyn and Max Wake outside their Whittingham dairy farm, the scene of the latest fatality on the New England Highway. Picture: Stuart Scott.
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December 29, 2015: Nicole Rayner, 29, is killed in a head-on crash with a utility at Whittingham, about 600 metres north of Range Road. Picture: NBN News.

July 14, 2010: Kevin Fritz West, 36, of Queensland is killed when the car he is a passenger in crosses to the wrong side of the New England Highway at Whittingham and slams into two other vehicles. Picture: Peter Stoop.

April 29, 2009: Kristin Munn, 23, and Tammy White, 20, are killed when Ms Munn performs a U-turn into the path of an oncoming four-wheel-drive on the New England Highway at Whittingham. Picture: Kitty Hill.

July 30, 2008: Cathy Mitchell, 41, is killed in a head-on crash less than a metre from where Lynette Beverly Davis, Glen Russell Lucas and David Peter Lucas are killed three years earlier. Picture: Kitty Hill.

December 3, 2005: Lynette Beverly Davis, Glen Russell Lucas and David Peter Lucas are killed on the New England Highway at Whittingham while a fourth man is critically injured. A Roads and Traffic Authority spokesman says the crash site is not a known black spot. Picture: Robert Whiteman.

August 11, 2004: Kearsley man Robert Ellery, 30, dies when his Holden Rodeo crosses to wrong side of the New England Highway and collides head-on with a cattle truck. Picture: Supplied.

TweetFacebookThe latest crash occurred a little further north of many of the other fatalities, with crash experts still investigating what happened in the moments before the head-on about 600 metres north of Range Road.

Ms Rayner was travelling south from Muswellbrook to Newcastle to see her sister while the Volkswagon four-wheel drive was heading north to Singleton where three of the four occupants lived.

The four men suffered relatively minor injuries and were taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment.

The highway was closed for several hours.

“They have to find an alternative route for the traffic travelling up the highway,’’ Mrs Wake said.

“The traffic is just getting busier and busier – I was actually shocked last night about how quiet it was with the highway shut.

“Sometimes we can’t hear the television.’’

Police and local authorities have constantly called for improvements to the road, successfully getting some improvements after a series of fatalities in 2010.

In 1999, two people were killed in a head-on before a triple-fatality in 2005 took the lives of Glenn Lucas, 45, his stepson David Lucas, 40, and 63-year-old Lynette Davis.

Three years later Cathy Mitchell, 41, is killed in a head-on crash only one metre from where the three had died.

In 2010, Queenslander Kevin West, 36, died before a Mudgee woman, 63, was killed when he car travelled into the path of a truck at the intersection of the Golden Highway and the New England Highway.

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