Media release

Fatal crash - Katherine


A person has died in a single vehicle crash on Stuart Highway last night. 

At around 11:30pm, police received reports of a single vehicle crash approximately 40kms south of Katherine.

Emergency service crews attended however, the person had already died at the scene. Two other occupants were inside the vehicle which caught fire.  They were freed by a group of passing motorists who stopped to assist. They were transported to Katherine Hospital for medical treatment.

Major Crash Investigation Unit arrived on scene this morning to determine the circumstances of the crash. Traffic diversions are expected to be in place for the remainder of the afternoon and anyone travelling along the Stuart Highway today should expect delays.

Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan Linder said it has been an overwhelming week on NT roads.

“We have had multiple crashes across the Northern Territory this week, resulting in many serious injuries and now a death. This death was avoidable. The actions of those who stopped to assist, placing themselves at considerable risk, are highly commendable and I thank them.

“From a police perspective, it’s disappointing to see dangerous behaviour such as drink driving that has led to many of these crashes.

“There has been an influx of road users due to the borders opening. We urge people to be safe when travelling on the road, particularly major routes like the Stuart Highway. Drive to the conditions and do not drive after drinking. Wear your seatbelt, avoid distractions and stop for a break if you’re feeling tired.”