A driver has been charged and a critical incident investigation is under way after a car allegedly being driven at more than 180km/h left a highway and hit a tree in the Riverina.
The single-vehicle crash occurred on the Hume Highway south of Gundagai just after 4pm on Friday.
Police had earlier received reports of a Ford Falcon travelling over the speed limit on the highway at Tarcutta and officers saw the vehicle heading north at alleged speeds of between 178km/h and 188km/h near Tumblong.
NSW Police said officers followed the car in an attempt to catch up but lost sight of it, before it left the road and hit a tree about 10km south of Gundagai.
Paramedics treated a 30-year-old man and took him to Wagga Base Hospital.
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Detectives visited the hospital yesterday afternoon and arrested the man.
He was taken to Wagga police station and charged with drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, P2 driver exceed speed more than 45km/h, and negligent driving.
The Albury man was granted bail to appear at Wagga Local Court on December 1.
A critical incident team from Murrumbidgee Police District established Strike Force Barrabool to investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident
The investigation will be subject to an independent review.
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