A serious crash in the south west of Sydney has left five people injured – four of them seriously enough to require an air ambulance.
The incident occurred on December 11 at around 21:30 in the suburb of Leppington when a northbound Chrysler Neon and a Daewoo Lanos travelling south were involved in a head-on collision on Campden Valley Road.
Police say that a Holden Commodore ute that was driving north ran into with the first two vehicles after the initial impact.
The 34-year-old male driver of the Daewoo was trapped in his damaged car for almost an hour before he was freed by rescue workers.
He suffered a number of fractures and internal injuries and was taken by helicopter to the nearby Liverpool Hospital for treatment – where he remains in a stable condition.
His 8-year-old son – the only passenger in the car at the time – experienced a broken arm and was transferred to Westmead Children's Hospital.
The Chrysler's driver – a 22-year-old female – was also taken to Westmead suffering from a broken right ankle.
Her 25-year-old female front-seat passenger was listed as suffering from a broken left ankle as a result of the crash, but was transferred to Liverpool Hospital.
The third occupant of the Chrysler – a 27-year-old male – experienced a fractured sternum and was also airlifted for medical treatment.
Police say that the 18-year-old male driver of the Holden involved in the secondary stage of the crash managed to avoid any serious injuries.
The roadway was closed by emergency services as the worked to free the victims from the wrecked vehicles.
Diversions remained in place while members of the Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene, before salvage workers were able to clear the remaining debris.
It is not yet clear what caused the initial collision and emergency services have not indicated whether alcohol or speeding played a part in the severity of the victims' injuries.
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These funds can help to cover medical expenses and rehabilitation costs as well as the economic losses suffered by the victim if they are unable to work for a period of time.
A car accident lawyer can help to ensure that individuals involved in a crash are able to launch a claim with the confidence that their case has a strong legal backing.