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A woman died after a collision between a car towing a caravan and a truck.

In what has been a horrific few days for the caravanning community, a woman has died and a man been seriously injured in a crash between a truck and a car towing a caravan.

The crash happened yesterday afternoon a few kilometres south of Bordertown in South Australia. The car and the truck were both travelling south on Naracoorte Rd when they collided. Both vehicles left the road.

The Adelaide Advertiser reports that the car’s passenger, a 74-year-old woman, died at the scene while the driver, a 77-year-old man from New South Wales, was flown by emergency helicopter to hospital in Adelaide with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The truck driver, 61, from Naracoorte, was taken to Bordertown Hospital with minor injuries and shock.

Major Crash police are investigating the circumstances of the crash.

The latest tragedy comes just days after two people died and two others were airlifted to hospital when a car towing a caravan rolled on the Oxley Highway about 45 kilometres from Walcha in New South Wales.

RAA traffic engineer Matthew Vertudaches told the Advertiser that,  while the cause of yesterday’s crash was not yet known, motorists towing caravans faced extra hazards than other drivers.

“A vehicle’s performance characteristics are vastly different when towing a caravan with braking, acceleration and cornering all impacted,” he said. “Even travelling in a straight path requires extra attention due to the impact of cross winds on the caravan.”

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