IT’S been a horror start to the Christmas weekend in NSW, with two men killed and six other people, including a 12-year-old boy, injured in two separate but equally as shocking crashes involving seven cars.
The first happened at Carlingford, in Sydney’s northwest, around 5pm AEDT on Friday where police said a sedan and four-wheel-drive collided near the intersection with Kimberley Road.
The impact sent the 4WD hurtling into a parked car, which was in turn pushed into the path of a fourth vehicle.
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Sadly, the driver of the 4WD, a 72-year-old man from St Peters, could not be saved and died at the scene.
His passenger, a 63-year-old man from Burwood, was rushed to Westmead Hospital in a serious condition.
The driver of the sedan, a 61-year-old man from West Pennant Hills, was also taken to Westmead Hospital where he remains in a serious condition after undergoing surgery.
The driver of the fourth vehicle miraculously escaped injury, police said.
Twenty-five minutes after the collision at Carlingford, emergency services were called to a second fatality, this time near Lismore, in the state’s northeast.
Police said a Nissan Cube and a Toyota Corolla collided on Kyogle Road at Fernside around 5.25pm.
The Cube continued on after that impact and was then involved in a collision with a Nissan Dualis, police said.
The driver of the Cube, a 48-year-old man, sustained life-threatening injuries and sadly died at the scene.
A 12-year-old boy in the Cube was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious condition with multiple injuries.
He has since been transferred to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane for specialist treatment.
A 27-year-old man travelling in the back seat suffered severe shock and was treated at Lismore Base Hospital.
It’s understood all three occupants of the Cube are from Horseshoe Creek.
The driver of the Corolla, a 41-year-old woman from Borabee, sustained cuts and abrasions, while the driver of the Dualis, a 26-year-old woman from Casino, suffered fractures and is being treated in Lismore Base Hospital.
The two fatalities came after a 77-year-old woman was hit by a car as she crossed the road at St Leonards, on Sydney’s lower north shore around 11am.
Sadly, the elderly woman succumbed to her injuries and died around 8pm, taking the total number of people killed on NSW roads on Friday to three.
The deaths have triggered a stern warning from NSW Police who have once again appealed for motorists to slow down and follow the road rules.
“Speeding, drink-driving, fatigue and driver distraction are still the biggest contributing factors to fatal crashes,” Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said.
“We have had 11 people die during Operation Safe Arrival, which means numerous families will have a loved one missing from holiday celebrations.
“If that is not enough to deter drivers from speeding, I don’t know what is.”
Double demerits are now in force right across NSW for mobile phone, speeding, helmet and seatbelt offences.
Investigations into the accidents near Lismore and at Carlingford and are continuing.
Anyone with information that could assist police with their inquiries into either crash is urged to come forward.
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.