Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson urged people returning home after the weekend to take care.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson urged people returning home after the weekend to take care. Brenda Strong

More people killed in Easter weekend crashes than last year

EMERGENCY services are shaking their heads after a shocking Easter long weekend on Australia's roads.

Seventeen people - six more than last Easter - have been killed in car crashes across the nation.

A 25-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman died in separate crashes on Sunday in Tasmania, ruining state police hopes for another fatality-free Easter following last year's successful long-weekend.

In Queensland, four people died in separate crashes on Good Friday, including a police officer in North Queensland.

Constable Casey Blain crashed on a rural road near Georgetown.

He leaves behind his wife and young child.Only four days after launching the Easter road safety campaign, Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said it was disappointing to see people not listening to warnings.

He urged people returning home after the weekend to take care.

"We don't want to see any further tragedies this long weekend."

Three people also died in two separate crashes on Good Friday in South Australia taking that state's road toll to four for the weekend.

The death of a cyclist north of Melbourne on Sunday took Victoria's Easter road toll to three.

In Western Australia, two people died in car crashes and in NSW two people died.

As of Monday afternoon, there were no fatalities in the ACT or Northern Territory.


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