CENTRAL WEST, NSW, Australia - Three people have been killed, including a 14-year old boy, and three people have been airlifted to various hospitals after two horrific single-car crashes in the New South Wales Central West on Saturday. Both involved a single vehicle hitting a tree, and the two collisions occurred within 25 minutes of each other, in separate parts of the region.
In the first tragedy, emergency services were called to the Castlereagh Highway at Merrygoen, about 10km east of Mendooran, at 3.20pm Saturday afternoon after a 2005-model Mitsubishi 380 sedan travelling west left the road and hit a tree.
The driver and four passengers were trapped in the vehicle and had to be released by emergency services.
The front-seat passenger, a 14-year-old boy, and a 25-year-old man, who was in the back seat, died at the scene. Three other people were seriously injured.
The driver, a 37-year-old woman, was airlifted to Westmead Hospital with arm fractures.
A 13-year-old boy was airlifted to The Children's Hospital at Westmead with multiple leg injuries, and a 17-year-old girl was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital also suffering leg fractures.
The 25-year-old man was from Gulgong, while the others are all from Menah, about 8 kilometres from Mudgee.
Twenty-five minutes later, a 72-year old man was killed in almost identical circumstances. The man's car, a Honda Civic, struck a tree at around 3:45pm Saturday afternoon on Henry Parkes Way, east of Manildra near Orange.
Police have been told the Honda Civic was travelling west when it veered off the road and crashed into a tree.
The driver was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics but died at the scene.
Officers from the Central West Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding both incidents.
Anyone with information about either crash is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or CrimeStoppers.
Reports will be prepared for the Coroner.
Source: Radio 2LT/Move FM News