One person has died in a crash on McMillans road near Knuckey Lagoon on Saturday and a 37-year-old man has died after being hit by a vehicle on the Stuart Highway in Darwin on Friday night, NT Police say.
- The crash occurred on the inbound lanes of the Stuart Highway
- NT Police received reports of the crash about 9:30pm Friday night
- There have now been 21 fatal crashes on NT roads in 2020
NT police said it received reports of the Knuckey Lagoon crash about midday Saturday.
The fatal crash in The Narrows was the second accident within hours on the same strip of road, after another man was hit by a car shortly before 2:00pm on Friday.
NT Police said it received a report of the fatal crash at The Narrows at about 9:30pm.
The occupants of the vehicle remained at the scene, and the driver tested negative to alcohol and drugs, NT Police said.
Detectives from the Major Crash Investigation Unit are now investigating the crash.
NT Police said the man who was hit by a car earlier in the day tripped over his thong just prior to the accident.
That man was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
One witness told the ABC he has seen people injured on the stretch of road by recklessly dodging cars while crossing the highway,
Thomas Rigney, who has lived in an apartment building opposite the scene of both crashes for 20 years, said he had seen people play “chicken with the cars at night”.
Mr Rigney said he had seen drivers who attempt to render assistance to those pedestrians hit by vehicles “get assaulted” and “have rocks thrown them”.
“The post truck had to lock his brakes up because [someone was] playing kamikaze and he almost had an accident,” he said.
According to NT Police’s road toll website there have been 22 fatal crashes on Northern Territory roads in 2020.
The 2020 toll compares to 23 deaths on NT roads at the same time last year.
There were 35 deaths on NT roads in 2019.