Kanagroos wreak havoc on our region's roads

The state’s Central West and Far West has seen some of the greatest number of car crashes involving kangaroos during the first five months of the year.

Paramedics based in the Central West and Far West responded to 21 separate incidents during that period.

That compares to approximately 100 incidents involving kangaroos state-wide between January and May, with the reported number of incidents already on par with the 2017 total.

There was a total of 172 incidents with kangaroos and motor vehicles last year, which is a rise from the 116 incidents during the previous year.

In June a 19-year-old driver was left critically injured after his vehicle was hit by a kangaroo near Lithgow.

Police have been told a Holden Commodore was travelling west on Pipers Flat Road at Portland, when it hit a kangaroo, launching it into the windscreen of a Ford Falcon utility travelling east.​

Officers from Chifley Police District are continuing to investigate the incident.

Last Thursday a 54-year-old woman and her 18-year-old daughter travelling from Goondawindi hit a kangaroo at Bidon on the Newell Highway.

Their vehicle was believed to be a write-off with extensive damage, with oil and other fluids leaking from the vehicle. 

Police assisted the woman and her daughter giving them a lift into Dubbo to make the necessary arrangements to continue their trip to Victoria.

"Roos and wombats present the most danger to motorists and their is an extraordinary amount of them near our roads foraging for food at the moment,” Orana Mid-Western Police District Inspector Dan Skelly said.

Paramedic Clare Price said they saw an increase in kangaroo and motor vehicle incidents between 2016 and 2017.

“However so far this year the number of reported incidents has been on par with 2017,” Ms Price said.

“It is not just the dangers of colliding with an animal, a lot of incidents involve drivers swerving to avoid collisions, ending up losing control and either rolling or colliding with trees and other obstacles.

“Sudden braking can also result in collisions with other vehicles, including rear-enders.”

Ms Price said it is estimated that one in seven crashes on country roads involves animals.

“Incidents are very evenly distributed over the year,” she said. “It’s rather a question of being more vigilant during certain parts of the day.

“Kangaroos tend to be more active at sunrise and sunset which is also when visibility is decreased.”

Ms Price urged motorists to look for any sudden movement from the edges of the road and be patient if a vehicle ahead suddenly slows down or stops.

“Kangaroos travel in mobs so if you see a kangaroo, including deceased kangaroos on the side of the road, it is a sign there are others nearby,” she said.

“Stay alert and slow down. Avoid swerving – it is often safer to hit an animal than swerve and lose control of your vehicle.”