Shearwater man Philip Eric Haines, 45, died when he lost control of his bike around a bend and collided with the front of a ute on Union Bridge Road.THE Bass Highway was a horror stretch of road in 2011, claiming five lives.
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Three of the crashes involved drivers crossing into oncoming traffic.

On May 28, a 22-year-old Invermay man died when the car he was a passenger in crossed to the wrong side of the road at Hagley and collided with an oncoming car, and on June 11 a man died in a collision with two trucks he was attempting to overtake on the highway at Carrick.

On August 22, Rocky Cape woman Rachelle Marshall, 32, died when the car she was driving crossed over double lines into oncoming traffic on the Bass Highway at Sisters Hill in the North-West.

Motorists were not the only fatalities.

In June, Hadspen man Andrew Bingley, 45, was struck by a car while cycling home.

Shorewell man Shaun Roger Barnes, 36, was struck by a car while walking along the highway at Edgcumbe Beach at 10.40pm on December 9.

Most of the 26 people killed on Tasmanian roads in 2011 died on rural roads with a speed limit of 100 km/h or more.

The Midland Highway, lauded as the worst road in the state, was the site of just one fatal crash this year when a woman crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a log truck after a sweeping bend near the Mona Vale Road turn-off on April 13.

The last fatality for the year, and the only one in the Christmas road toll period, occurred on Union Bridge Road, an unmarked winding rural road between Mole Creek and Sheffield in the North-West.

Shearwater man Philip Eric Haines, 45, died when he lost control of his bike around a bend and collided with the front of a ute.

Mr Haines was an experienced rider and police do not believe speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

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