TWO sisters remain in hospital, fighting for their lives following a horror head-on crash which killed three people – including their parents – in NSW on Boxing Day.
Police said two a 4WD veered onto the wrong side of the Princes Highway at Bendalong, north of Ulladulla, and collided head-on with a car carrying the family of four around 10.45am on Tuesday.
Passing motorists and police risked their lives to free a 21-year-old woman and her 29-year-old sister from the back seat of one of the cars as both vehicles burst into flames.
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Sadly, the sisters’ parents and the driver of the 4WD were trapped in the wreckage and died in the burning vehicles.
According to News Corp, their bodies were so badly burned, it could take weeks for them to be formally identified.
The sisters’ were airlifted to hospital where they remain today in critical conditions.
Police said both vehicles were incinerated in the crash.
The Princes Hwy was closed for six hours while forensic crash unit examined the horrific scene.
The crash was one of three fatal accidents in NSW on Boxing Day.
A 63-year-old man was killed when his car left Pappinbarra Road at Pappinbarra, near Port Macquarie and slammed into an embankment just before 7am.
He was ejected from the vehicle, with officers locating his body near the crashed car.
A 25-year-old woman was killed when the Holden SUV she was driving left the road at Glenthorne, near Taree and smashed into a tree just after 5pm.
The, just before 11pm, a 42-year-old man was killed when the Ford Falcon he was driving crashed into a parked semi-trailer at Emu Plains, in Sydney’s west.
The fatalities bring the total number of lives lost during Operation Safe Arrival 2017 to 21.
The state’s Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said people need to consider safety as their number one priority when travelling the state’s roads these holidays.
“There is nothing worse for any police officer than to knock on a door to tell someone their loved one has died,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
“Many of these incidents are totally preventable if people would just slow down, rest and not be distracted during their trip.”
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