Boy critically injured after driver swerves to avoid hitting wombat

A 15-year-old boy is in a critical condition after the car he was travelling in crashed after swerving to avoid hitting a wombat in NSW.

The teenager was thrown from the vehicle when it left the road and struck a tree on the Illawarra Highway at Burrawang, about 15km east of Moss Vale, around 11.30pm on Tuesday night.

“Officers have been told the driver swerved to avoid a wombat on the road,” NSW police said in a statement on Wednesday.


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The young boy sustained serious head injuries in the crash and was airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a critical but stable condition.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to Liverpool Hospital, while the other two passengers were treated for minor injuries.

As of 7.50am this morning, the Illawarra Highway remained closed as Crash Investigation Unit officers examine the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or has dashcam vision is being urged to come forward.

The crash comes after a man was killed on Monday night after the ute he was driving rolled when he swerved to avoid hitting a kangaroo about 10km south of the small town of Bingara, in the state’s north.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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