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Mother and son die in smash

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Police are continuing to investigate a horror fatal crash on Brinktop Road, near Penna.

Preliminary investigations indicate a Black Toyota Hilux was travelling towards Sorell when the vehicle momentarily drift onto the incorrect side of the road, at around 5pm yesterday evening.

"A red Daewoo hatch travelling towards Richmond appears to have then taken evasive action, resulting in that vehicle being driven onto the wrong side of the road and colliding with a blue Holden Cruze," Deputy Commissioner Donna Adams said.

"Sadly, emergency services arrived moments later to find two people, a woman in her 50s and her 16-year-old son, had died at the scene."

The Holden Cruze driver suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the Royal Hobart Hospital for medical treatment.

"Her son (aged in his early 20s) was a passenger in the car and was also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries," Deputy Commissioner Adams continued.

It has been confirmed that the woman driving the Hilux was an off duty police officer, she was not physically injured in the incident.

The Tasmania Police Professional Standards Command attended the scene last night and will fully investigate the matter.

"At this stage, we don’t know why the Hilux has come to be on the wrong side of the road and our priority is to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash and prepare a report for the Coroner," Deputy Commissioner Adams said.

Support has been offered to the families involved in the incident, as well as the first responders who attended.

Anyone who has information about the crash and who hasn’t already spoken with police is being asked to call police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Another two lives have been lost on a known southern Tasmanian crash blackspot.

A head-on smash on Brinktop Road at Penna killed a woman in her 50s and her teenage son on Monday evening.

Police are investigating the circumstances which saw the red sedan caught up in the tragedy.

At the end of April a woman in her 60s died in a smash on the same road.

The state's road toll is now on 26 for the year, compared to 10 at this time in 2021.

Brinktop Road attracted more than $250,000 in federal blackspot funding last year.

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