Road toll rises as seven people killed on NSW roads

IN ONE of the darkest days in NSW's recent traffic history, seven people have lost their lives on the state's roads.

The carnage began on Monday morning with the deaths of a young couple on a busy Sydney highway.

The man and woman, both aged in their early 30s, died when the scooter they were riding collided with a truck on the City Westlink at Haberfield.

Just hours later two more people were killed when their car hit a tree on the Old Pacific Hwy at Lake Innes.

By 7.30pm, road crashes had claimed the lives of three more victims.

Two men, aged 84 and 54 were killed in separate crashes on the NSW North Coast.

The body of Sydney model Sarah Durazza was then found in wrecked car at Narrabeen on the city's north shore.

Describing the spate of crashes as a "tragic 12 hours" NSW Assistant Police Commissioner John Harley said that while crashes could happen "anywhere, at any time" there were things drivers could do to give themselves a better chance.

He said police were investigating reports Ms Durazza was talking on her mobile phone when she lost control of her car.

Police reminded drivers they could save themselves and those they loved by getting the "basic things right - driving within the speed limit, not drinking and driving and knowing your limitations".

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