Two of the four victims killed in the Barton Highway crash have been identified

Two of the four people killed in a horror head-on collision near Canberra have been identified as husband and wife from Yass.

Dianne and Craig Perry, 52 and 54, died when their ute collided with another ute on the Barton Highway near Jeir in the early hours of Friday morning.

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A male driver and a male passenger in the second ute, both believed to be in their 20s, also died.

Another man from the second ute, also believed to be in his 20s, was treated at the scene by paramedics and flown to Canberra Hospital, where he was in critical condition.

Yass husband and wife Dianne, 52, and Craig Perry, 54. Credit: 7NEWS

In a social media post, the pair were remembered as “respected members of the Yass community.”

“They were always compassionate and understanding and had endless support not only for their family but for friends or anyone who just needed help,” wrote Susan Turner-Davis, manager at Yass Pets, where the couple’s son, Luke, works.

“Dianne always had a bright, honest smile, kind words and a willing hand.

“Craig was a man of few words, but those words were always golden and came with his signature wry grin.”

The accident is believed to have happened as the second ute was turning into the lane Dianne and Craig Perry were traveling in, but police have not confirmed the cause of the collision and are still investigating.

The couple will be remembered as “distinguished members” of the Yass community. Credit: 7NEWS

Acting NSW Deputy Commissioner Tracy Chapman said the incident was tragic.

“Two cars with multiple deaths is undoubtedly considered horrific,” she said.

“My thoughts are with family, friends and the local community. You will no doubt feel the impact of these deaths.”

A total of seven people died in accidents on Good Friday.

Two men, believed to be in their 20s, were also killed. A third man, in his 20s, remains in critical condition in hospital. Credit: 7NEWS

On Saturday, police charged a woman with a fatal accident in south-east Tasmania.

The 26-year-old woman was at the wheel of a Camry that collided with a white MG sedan on the Arthur Highway near Copping in southeast Tasmania on Friday morning.

A woman who was a passenger in the MG died.

The Camry driver was charged with causing the death from dangerous driving and other traffic offences.

NSW, Queensland and Victoria Police continue to conduct major traffic operations over the long weekend to address road trauma.

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James Brien

James Brien is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. James Brien joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: jamesbrien@24ssports.com.

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