Holiday road toll climbs over 40

MORE than 41 people have died on roads around Australia this festive season, after two double fatality crashes in New South Wales and Queensland early on Tuesday.

The holiday road toll, which started officially on December 23, and ends on January 3, reached 38 on Tuesday.

But a triple fatal in central Australia just hours before brought the number of people killed in the past week to 41.

In Queensland, two people, believed to be young men, died when their car veered off Glebe Rd in Ipswich, crashing into the front yard of a house. A third person in the car was also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

In New South Wales, a crash on the Pacific Highway claimed two lives on Tuesday morning. The double fatality happened when two cars collided on the highway near Bangalow.

In other states, the official road toll stood at eight in Victoria, none in the Australian Capital Territory, three in Tasmania, six in Western Australia and five in South Australia.