A FAMILY’S pet dog has tragically died and a 60-year-old woman has been airlifted to hospital following a horror four-car crash in southern NSW.
It happened on the Olympic Highway near Bethungra, around 30km north of Junee, around 10.45am on Saturday.
Police said a Ford Courier ploughed into the back of a Ford Territory, a Mazda 3 and a Toyota Kluger stopped at roadworks.
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Murrumbidgee zone duty operations manager Eamonn Purcell said the car slammed into the stationary vehicles at high-speed, effectively “crushing people in their cars”.
The driver of the Courier, a 60-year-old woman from Bethungra, was trapped in the wreckage for sometime before being released.
Police said she was airlifted to Canberra Hospital in a critical condition with serious head injuries.
Her condition is believed to have improved slightly and she is now said to be in a serious but stable condition.
The driver of the Ford Territory, a 42-year-old woman from Cootamundra, and her 13-year-old female passenger were also trapped.
They were eventually released and taken to Wagga Wagga Hospital in a stable condition.
The older woman was treated for head, neck and chest injuries, while the teenage girl was assessed for head and neck pain.
Police said a 63-year-old woman who was driving the Mazda and the 71-year-old man behind the wheel of the Toyota Kluger escaped uninjured.
Two pet dogs were also injured in the collision and were treated by an on-call vet.
One of the two dogs however sadly succumbed to its injuries and has since passed away.
Officers from Riverina Police District are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
They established a crime scene which was examined by the Southern Region and Metropolitan Crash Units.
Any person with information who has not yet spoken to police is urged to come forward.
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