A 19-year-old man from Telita in the state’s northeast is dead and his 19-year-old passenger is in a critical condition in the Royal Hobart Hospital following a smash just north of Oatlands after midnight on Friday.
Investigations are underway into what led to a collision between the teenager’s Kia wagon and a southbound truck.
The truck driver wasn’t hurt.
“Preliminary investigations indicate both the truck and the Kia have attempted to take evasive action however a collision has occurred between the vehicles,” said police in a statement.
“The impact of the collision was to the drivers side of both vehicles involved with the Kia travelling over the wire barrier, coming to rest in the north bound lane but facing south.”
The road was reopened to northbound traffic only on Friday morning, after closing between the Lake Leake Highway intersection and Oatlands for much of the night.