A two-lane road in the New England region of NSW was the scene of a head on collision which resulted in a fatality and left five people injured.
Police say they responded to an incident that occurred at 08:00 nearly 40km from Armidale, where two cars were involved in an accident .
The occupants of the vehicles – a Volkswagen Beetle and a Nissan Pulsar hatchback – suffered a range of injuries from the accident.
Two people with serious injuries were air-lifted to the nearby Tamworth Base Hospital by the Westpac Rescue helicopter. The driver of the Pulsar – a 17 year old male – was then transferred to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, where he underwent surgery on his spine.
Emergency services were unable to revive an elderly female patient, who died at the scene. She was a passenger in the Beetle.
The remaining victims were taken by ambulance to Armidale Hospital, where they received treatment for minor injuries as well as shock.
The medical expenses incurred by the patients as a result of the accident can be covered by a claim for car accident compensation.
A section of the road was closed for several hours while members of the New England Area Command Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene, before salvage teams moved in to remove the wreckage.
The accident saw one of the cars torn in half by the impact – the Pulsar's steering column, wheels, bonnet, engine and dashboard resting across the road from where the rest of the vehicle lay.
In an interview with the Coffs Coast Advocate, acting inspector Laurie Cattell of the New England Area Police Command attested to the violence of the crash.
Cattel described how the the driver of the Pulsar was "ejected" from the vehicle from the force of the collision.
According to reports it appears that the Pulsar may have veered out in front of the other vehicle moments before the crash occurred, but police have yet to announce their findings.
"The cause of the accident is still under investigation and police are yet to interview a number of the occupants," said Cattel.
Victims of car accidents are able to access the motor accident compensation scheme in NSW, which covers a range of costs.
People who have been involved in an accident and wish to seek compensation are advised to contact an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible.