UPDATE #2 – Fatal crash at Pine Creek

Northern Territory Police are continuing to investigate the fatal crash on the Stuart Highway near Pine Creek.

The Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team was stood up after the incident and the recovery stage of the investigation has been completed.

Investigators can confirm that six occupants were killed as a result of the crash. All are believed to have been travelling in the Mitsubishi 4WD.

The Stuart Highway, 12km south of Pine Creek, has been re-opened and traffic has returned to normal.

Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan Lindner said “Investigations into the incident remain ongoing and anyone with dash-cam who was traveling the area, between 2:30pm and 4:45pm on Friday, is urged to make contact on 131 444.

“This was a confronting crash that has resulted in significant loss of life. I would like to commend the work of all those involved in this tragic incident, including those first on scene who quickly contacted emergency services.”

Officer in Charge of the Forensic Science Branch Bruce Payne said “The DVI team comprises highly trained specialist staff who are working closely with the Forensic Pathologist and Coroner’s Office to confirm the identification of the deceased.

“Due to the severe nature of the crash, identification of the deceased is likely to be a long process as we work to bring some closure to the families involved, and to understand how the crash occurred.”

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