A YOUNG man is fighting for his life in hospital following a horror head-on crash with a wrong-way driver in Sydney’s west this morning.
It happened on the Cumberland Highway at Fairfield West around 5.40am.
Police said a Ford Ranger ute was travelling north in the southbound lanes of the highway when it “collided heavily” with a Holden Commodore.
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The 23-year-old man behind the wheel of the Commodore was trapped in the wreckage for some time and had to be freed by emergency services.
He suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition.
Fairfield West: All southbound lanes of the Cumberland Highway have now reopened following a serious two-vehicle crash at about 5:40am. 23-year-old man is in a critical condition. 38-year-old man has minor injuries. Report on 7 News at 6pm. #Fairfield #7News pic.twitter.com/YEgcK84kdR
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) July 22, 2018
The 38-year-old man driving the Ford Ranger escaped with only minor injuries.
He was taken to the same hospital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing.
Officers from Fairfield Police Area Command and the Metropolitan Crash Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
The highway was expected to remain closed for several hours while the scene was examined and wreckage cleared.
Local traffic diversions were in place on Sunday morning.
Police have urged anyone with information about the crash to come forward.
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