TWO children have been killed after the family 4WD collided with a B-double truck in regional NSW.
The crash happened on the Newell Highway around 12km north of Dubbo around 3.30am on Saturday.
Police said a family of five – a man, woman, and three children – were travelling in the 4WD.
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Tragically, two of the children, brothers aged 9 and 12, were found dead at the scene.
Police released a statement on Saturday afternoon, confirming the devastating news.
A third child, a 5-year-old boy was airlifted to Westmead Children’s Hospital with serious internal injuries.
The man behind the wheel of the truck was also seriously injured in the collision and airlifted to hospital.
It’s understood he was trapped in the wreckage for more than two hours before being released.
The children’s parents suffered minor physical injuries in the collision.
They had to be consoled by emergency services and were treated by paramedics at the scene.
Police said they did not need to be transported to hospital.
The family was reportedly returning home to Queensland at the time of the crash.
The section of the Newell Highway was declared a crime scene and remains closed to traffic.
Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.
Officers will prepare a report for the Coroner outlining the circumstances surrounding the deaths.