Three people die after car veers off road and slams into tree

| 21.01,20. 08:09 PM |

Three people die after car veers off road and slams into tree

Three people died when the SUV they were in hit a tree on the NSW mid-north coast. (9News)

Three much-loved locals killed in an horrific car crash are being mourned by a small town on the NSW mid-north coast.
Two women, a man and their pet dogs were all killed when their SUV crashed on Gleniffer Road, Bellingen, in the early hours of this morning.
Neighbours said they heard a car screaming down the street, before a thud, just before 2.30am.
Three people died when the SUV they were in hit a tree on the NSW mid-north coast.
Three people died when the SUV they were in hit a tree on the NSW mid-north coast. (9News)
Emergency crews shut down the area for a number of hours as they worked to remove the Subaru Forester, which was found wrapped around a tree.
"A motor vehicle is a lethal weapon to all those in it and all those around it," Chief Inspector Brendan Gorman from Coffs Harbour Police said.
Police confirmed one of the women killed was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and alcohol may have been a factor.
"This in particular is tragic because there is a very high probability that that person may have lived if a seatbelt had been worn."
Locals said the road is a hot-spot for accidents, and community members laid floral tributes at the scene of the crash.
"Just devastating. Devastating for the families and the community," Lyn Jenson said.
The victims are yet to be formally identified.

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