UPDATE @ 11.30am | A MAN has been charged over a horror crash that killed two young children and left their mother, brother and another child in hospital in central west NSW.
Police say the group of five was walking home from a local swimming pool when they were hit by a car at high speed in Warne Street, Wellington, about 4.30pm on Tuesday.
Two brothers, aged six and seven, died shortly after the incident.
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A 10-year-old boy, a brother of the two boys, was airlifted to Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital with serious leg injuries and is undergoing surgery.
A nine-year-old boy also sustained minor injuries and was taken to Orange Hospital.
The 34-year-old mother of the three brother was airlifted to Sydney’s Westmead hospital in a critical condition where she continues to fight for life.
The driver of the car is accused of fleeing the scene before police arrived. He was eventually arrested by officers a few hours later.
He has since been charged and is likely to face a NSW court later on Wednesday.
EARLIER | TWO children have been killed and three others injured after a tragic hit and run in Central West New South Wales.
Emergency services were called to Warne Street at Wellington around 4.30pm on Tuesday after reports a number of pedestrians had been struck by a passing vehicle.
Paramedics treated five people at the scene but sadly two boys, aged just six and seven, died a short time later.
A 34-year-old woman was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.
A 10-year-old boy also sustained serious leg injuries and was airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and is undergoing surgery.
A nine-year-old boy sustained minor injuries and was taken to Orange Base Hospital.
According to witnesses, the group were walking along the grass on the side of the road when they were hit by the car.
The driver of the vehicle left the scene before police arrived.
Officers were able to eventually arrest a 25-year-old man at Elizabeth Street, Wellington just after 8.40pm following a brief pursuit.
He was taken to Dubbo Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing before being taken to Dubbo Police Station where he is assisting police with inquiries.