A woman has died after the motorcycle she was riding crashed into a tree on Bairnsdale-Dargo Road in Fernbank just before 2.30pm on Monday (November 20).

The 56-year-old woman from Elderslie, New South Wales, was riding in a group when she crashed into a tree on Bairnsdale-Dargo Road at about 2.25pm. She died at the scene.

Police investigations remain ongoing, with the exact cause of the crash yet to be determined.

The incident was the second fatal collision on local roads in 24 hours.

A driver was killed and their passenger critically injured following a devastating crash on Inglis Street in Sale on Sunday afternoon.

The vehicle crashed into a tree on Inglis Street at about 2.40pm on Sunday, November 19.

The diver of the vehicle died at the scene, and their passenger was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Sunday’s fatal incident occurred just days after a two-vehicle collision on York Street in Sale on Friday evening.

A man riding an e-scooter was travelling along York Street when he collided with a Mitsubishi Pajero SUV near Bakery Cafe at about 6.30pm on Friday, November 17.

The road between Stawell Street and MacArthur Street was temporarily closed as police and ambulance attended the scene.

The male rider, a 46-year-old Sale man, sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The SUV driver, a 36-year-old Maffra woman, was not injured and is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Following a horror week on Gippsland roads, local authorities urge road users to exercise caution.

Wellington Local Area Commander Inspector Mel McLennan said police will be relentless in doing everything they can to save lives and asked for the community’s support in preventing further tragedies.

“Sadly, we’ve seen a tragic loss of life on Gippsland roads over recent days,” Inspector McLennan said.

“Police will be relentless in doing everything we can to save lives.

“We will be out in force over the festive season, focussing on speed, distraction, people not wearing seatbelts and impaired driving.

“We also ask for the community’s support in preventing further tragedies.”

Inspector McLennan said road safety is everyone’s responsibility.

“The sad reality is many of this year’s lives lost have been completely avoidable,” she said.

“It only takes a simple mistake to result in catastrophic consequences.”

Two hundred sixty people have died on Victorian roads so far this year, a 21 per cent increase in road fatalities from 2022, with rural and regional road fatalities accounting for more than half of all deaths.

There have been 27 road fatalities recorded so far this year in the ED5 and ED6 police divisions, which cover Gippsland, an increase of more than 40 per cent, with police reporting 19 deaths at the same time last year.

Anyone with information on any of the above-mentioned incidents is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.