THE region has recorded one of its deadliest October long weekends on record after four people were killed in two separate accidents.
A Delungra family is in mourning and the community in shock after a teenager was killed in a motorbike accident on the farm, north-west of the town on Sunday.
The crash claimed the life of the 17-year-old local boy after he fell off a motorbike and hit a rock.
Five ambulance vehicles as well as a rescue helicopter were called to the property about 30km from Inverell.
The boy was taken to Warialda hospital but died a short time later.
Police said he wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Meanwhile, the Maules Creek community is still coming to grips with Sunday’s tragic accident which killed three people.
A 15-year-old boy was the sole survivor of the rollover on the Glencoe Rd and is still recovering in hospital.
An elderly couple and their son were believed to have been visiting family in the area when the accident occurred.
A passerby found the crash shortly after, triggering a multi-emergency agency response.
Inspector Corey Philip said RFS crews from Maules Creek and Wallah were the first on the scene.
“The local crew were confronted with an horrific scene and immediately commenced fire protection because of a strong smell of fuel leaking from the vehicle,” he said.
“Some of the volunteers didn’t know the people who were killed, but knew the family they were visiting here.
“Being a close-knit community it shook up the members and we followed up with a chaplaincy service and assistance with the service to help any of the members affected.”
Narrabri Shire Council mayor Conrad Bolton said the community would rally together for the families.
“The devastation for the families involved in something as tragic as this just can’t be described,’’ he said.
“For so many people involved to have tragically lost their lives – it’s hard to come to terms with.’’
In perfect sunny conditions, an investigation is under way to work out what went wrong.
Barwon cluster highway patrol Senior Sergeant Peter McMenamin said it’s still unknown why the car left the road and rolled.
“The exact circumstances of the crash are still under investigation,” he said.
“Narrabri police, detectives, Narrabri highway patrol, plus crash investigators from Tamworth were called to the scene.
“All the information will now be put in a brief for the coroner.”