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Unborn baby, two others die on our roads

AAP logoAAP 24/12/2016 Rachael Burnett

Heartfelt condolences have been paid to the family of an unborn baby killed in a car crash, one of three people to die on Australia's roads this Christmas.

A 44-year-old pregnant woman was seriously injured and lost her baby in a three-car collision near Hervey Bay, Queensland.

Her Toyota collided with a Mitsubishi sedan that had struck the side of a van, lost control and veered into the path of her oncoming car.

Police say the pregnancy was viable and has been counted as a traffic fatality.

Road Policing Inspector Kieryn Dermody urged drivers to slow down and take extra care on the roads.

"The incident at Hervey Bay is devastating ... words cannot describe that tragedy, no words," she added.

"Our hearts and our prayers go out to that family."

The incident brings the number of people killed on Australia's road so far this holiday season to three.

A driver died in a car crash on the Eyre Highway in Perth on Friday. A dehydrated passenger was found wandering the Nullarbor 24 hours later and taken to hospital.

In NSW, a woman died after her car left the road and rolled at Merriwa in the Upper Hunter region on Saturday.

"Sadly we've seen some tragic incidents on the roadways," Insp Dermody added.

"Christmas is supposed to be a time of love, joy, happiness, and for some it's going to be a time of sorrow, deep sadness and loss."

Another Queensland crash left a baby seriously injured and a 35-year-old woman fighting for her life after her car careered off the road on Christmas Day.

The car swerved down an embankment off Anzac Avenue, Moreton Bay, and clipped a concrete pylon before plunging into a creek.

"It would appear that speed may have been a contributing factor. It is amazing that more serious injuries weren't incurred," Insp Dermody said.

Queensland officers caught 1900 motorists speeding on Christmas Eve.

A total of 62 drivers in the state were charged with drink driving and another 20 tested positive for drug driving.

In NSW a 42-year-old motorist was caught on Christmas Eve over the blood alcohol limit and doing 121km/h in a 50km zone in Heckenberg, southwest Sydney, with a three-year-old child in the back.

On the same day, a Golf driver was caught doing 199km/h on the M2 at Beecroft and a motorcyclist racing at twice the speed limit while drunk on the Central Coast Highway.

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