A TEENAGER has been killed and 14 other people have been injured, many of them seriously, in a “horrific” crash involving eight cars near Campbelltown, in Sydney’s southwest.
Police said the vehicles came to grief on Campbelltown Road at Woodbine around 7.15pm on Friday.
It’s understood a blue Holden Commodore sedan had veered onto the wrong side of the road and into oncoming traffic where it collided with seven other vehicles, including an Uber.
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The Commodore smashed into a Kia Sportage, a Toyota Yaris, a Nissan X-Trail, a Ford Mondeo, a Hyundai Santa Fe, a Commodore wagon and a Mitsubishi Lancer.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corby said the blue Commodore had been spotted twice by police earlier in the evening, travelling at high speed without its lights on.
Witnesses have reported seeing the Commodore travelling at speeds nearing 150km/h before the crash.
A man identified only as “Phil” called triple zero and told 9 News the Commodore was driving the wrong way down the wrong side of the road for around two kilometres before hitting oncoming traffic.
The Holden burst into flames on impact, as did one of the other seven vehicles. The 26-year-old man behind the wheel of the Commodore had to be dragged from the burning wreck by witnesses.
He was rushed to Liverpool Hospital where he remains today in an induced coma after undergoing surgery.
Assistant Commissioner Corby said up to 14 other people were seriously hurt in the crash, with some patients needing to be airlifted to hospital.
An 18-year-old man who was riding in the Uber died at the scene while its driver, a 57-year-old man and three other passengers, two men aged 19 and 20, and an 18-year-old woman, were seriously injured.
The Uber driver and his three surviving passengers all underwent emergency surgery on Friday night and were listed as being in serious but stable conditions on Saturday morning.
A female passenger from the Commodore wagon was also seriously hurt, while the other drivers and passengers sustained less serious injuries and were all taken to hospital for assessment.
They included four women, aged 21, 26, 34 and 45, and three men aged 26, 54 and 69.
Police and paramedics have described the scene of the collision as “difficult and distressing”.
Assistant Commissioner Corby said the driver of the Commodore “could be looking at a number of serious traffic offences” when he wakes from the induced coma.
“There could have been a lot more people killed, it could have been a scene of utter devastation. You’ll see by the pictures of it, it was… unbelievable,” Mr Corby said.
Police are investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash.
Anyone who witnesses the horrific collision or moments leading up to it and has not yet spoke with police is urged to come forward.
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