Police are warning drivers to take extra care after seven deaths on New South Wales roads yesterday.

The deaths came within 10 hours of each other on a mild winter weekday, a toll police might usually expect to deal with during peak holiday season.

In the first crash a man and woman died when their motor scooter ran under the trailer of a truck at Haberfield in Sydney's inner west.

A few hours later another man and a woman were killed when their car hit a tree at Lake Innes on the mid-north coast, then a man died when his car also hit a tree at Arakoon.

An 84-year-old man was then fatally hit by a car at Banora Point in the state's north.

Last night a 26-year-old woman was killed at Narrabeen, on Sydney's northern beaches, again when her car hit a tree.

The head of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, says he is shocked at the spate of deaths.

"It's nothing I expected, a day like yesterday. Nothing different to any other day," he said.

"Three crashes killing four people involved cars leaving roads and hitting trees, so we assume something has gone wrong in the vehicle, whether it's speed, fatigue or some other factor we're still to investigate.

"It's certainly a warning to drivers now about driving safely. Two killed on a small motorbike in the city, apparently cutting through traffic, so again a tragedy that should not have happened."

He says police are still yet to notify the families of some of the victims.

The toll could have been even higher, with two 19-year-old men lucky to escape after their car crashed into a power pole at Lansvale in Sydney's south-west last night.

The passenger escaped the wreckage but the driver was trapped for some time.

Both were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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