Tasmania: Three friends dead after ‘horrific’ car crash near Sandford, near Hobart

Three friends who were killed in a horrific two-vehicle crash in southern Tasmania on Saturday have been identified by police.

Maddi Baird, 19, her boyfriend Andrew Everett, 28, and driver Brady Poole, 27, died at the scene where their Toyota Corolla collided with an oncoming VW on the South Arm Highway.

Emergency services attended around 5.15pm on Saturday after reporting an incident in Sandford, south-east of Hobart.

“Wish this was just a dream. I miss you both so much,” a friend wrote on Facebook.

“Rest in peace my beautiful Maddi and her partner Andy. Forever in my heart,” wrote another.

“This world is so cruel. another beautiful young soul taken see you soon,” wrote a friend of the two young men.

Sandford Cricket Club chairman Jye White wrote a tribute to his “teammate and friend” on the club’s Facebook page.

“[He] was a very important person in our club, not just a player but a companion, if you were feeling down or needed someone to talk to you could always guarantee that he would always be the one to offer support and would put a smile on your face,’ Mr White said.

“I had a funny feeling when I heard the ambulances passing yesterday,” wrote a friend of Mr Poole.

“Thinking of your family today.”

Police believe the 27-year-old driver of the Toyota, which was heading towards Hobart, veered onto the wrong side of the road after the driver lost control and collided with the VW.

The VW driver, a 20 year old man from Rokeby and the passenger, a 20 year old woman from South Arm were rushed to hospital.

They are in serious but stable condition.

Inspector Luke Manhood told reporters at the scene it was a “devastating incident”.

“Losing three lives in an accident is horrible,” he said.

“Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those involved.”

More than 36 people have died on Tasmanian roads this year.

South Arm Rd is expected to be closed until Sunday morning as traffic is diverted to Rifle Range Rd and Gellibrand Drive.

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the accident or has information relating to the accident to contact 13 1444.

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