A MOTORIST died on impact, while another driver was trapped for up to 45 minutes after their vehicles hit head-on south of Gerogery this morning.
The crash, involving a silver Mitsubishi stationwagon and maroon Mitsubishi Pajero four-wheel drive, happened at 10.15am on the southern approach of the Five Mates Crossing bridge on the Olympic Highway.
Insp Dave Cottee, of Albury police, said the station-wagon was heading south when it veered to the wrong side of the road and smashed into the northbound four-wheel drive.
"There's been a two-car collision, one car travelling south on the Olympic Highway has crossed to the incorrect side of the road and from our investigations so far has collided head-on with a car travelling in the other direction," Insp Cottee said.
"The driver heading south has unfortunately been killed.
"The driver is a man we believe to be in his 20s from Sydney.
"There were three people in the other car and they have all been taken to the Albury base hospital.
"Two of the people in that car were trapped, a passenger in the front was trapped for about 20 minutes and the driver was trapped, by confinement, for about 40 to 45 minutes."
Ambulance officers helped free the first person trapped, while an SES crew helped free the driver.
The trio in the Pajero are believed to be aged in their 50s but Insp Cottee was unable to say where they were from.
The bridge that forms Five Mates Crossing was built after a collision between an XPT train and car resulted in the deaths of five young Wagga men in January 2001.
The Olympic Highway previously crossed the Albury-Wagga railway line at that point.