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NSW driver charged over passenger deaths

A male driver has been charged with acting with intention to pervert the course of justice and dangerous driving over a crash that killed two of his passengers in northern NSW.

Police say a 72-year-old woman and a 38-year old man were both sitting on the lefthand side of the car, which was towing a caravan, and died from their injuries after it struck a railing and a tree on the Oxley Highway, about a 45km east of Walcha, in the early hours of January 3.

The 58-year-old driver and a 38-year-old female passenger, who was sitting behind him, survived their injuries.

The driver has been charged with doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice, two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

He has also been charged with towing with an inadequate attachment and towing too much weight.

The man has been granted conditional bail to appear at Tamworth Local Court on July 29.

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