A total of three men have been killed and one woman has suffered major car accident injuries following a horrific crash in New South Wales on Sunday (February 16).
Jason Hall and his brother Jeffery were driving their Toyota Kluger along the Golden Highway, south of Jerrys Plains, when they collided head-on with a Ford Ute just before 2.30 p.m.
ABC News reveals that emergency services arrived at the scene to discover four people trapped inside their vehicles. Jason, Jeffrey and the male driver of the other vehicle all died at the scene.
The female passenger of the Ford Ute is currently being treated for leg, abdominal and chest injuries at John Hunter Hospital. The Newcastle Herald reports that she's in a serious but stable condition.
In their haste to reach the scene, a couple of paramedics narrowly missed getting a car accident injury or two of their own.
ABC News reports that an ambulance overturned en route and New South Wales Police had to stop and assist the two paramedics inside before carrying on.
The Newcastle Herald refers to the section of the Golden Highway that claimed these men's lives a "dangerous piece of road" that was rendered "even more treacherous" by heavy rain – the first bad weather this region of New South Wales has seen in months. It's believed that speed was also involved.
Jason and Jeffery were both contractors at Rio Tinto's open-cut mine. On Monday (February 17), Cam Halfpenny – general manager of operations at the open-cut mine – called the event "tragic" for the men's families and their co-workers.
"We offer our sincere condolences to the families who have been affected," Mr Halfpenny told The Newcastle Herald. He added that Rio Tinto has offered support and counselling to the victims' loved ones and its employees.
This is not the only crash in the Hunter Valley to have made headlines in the past week. Earlier, two women and a young man were also killed in a car accident.
Chief Inspector Trent Le-Merton said these deaths serve as a gruesome reminder that it's important to not only stick to the speed limit, but also drive to the conditions.
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