Head-on smash in the Southern Highlands

Date: Feb 29, 2012

A two-car crash in the Macarthur region of New South Wales has resulted in the death of one passenger and the hospitalisation of another three victims.

Police say that the fatal car accident occurred on Remembrance Drive at Bargo in the Southern Highlands at around 15:30 on February 29.

Initial reports indicate that a silver Holden Commodore and a green Kia sedan were travelling in opposite direction on the roadway before the crash.

It appears that the two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision, although there not been any word on how this may have occurred.

One of the passengers in the Holden – a middle-aged women travelling in the back seat – suffered extensive injuries from the impact and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The two remaining occupants of the silver vehicle – the female driver and her other female passenger – were removed from the wreckage by emergency services and taken to the nearby Liverpool Hospital.

No further reports on their injuries or current medical status have been made publicly available at this time.

The sole occupant of the Kia – a female driver – was trapped in her car for a length of time before members of the state Fire and Rescue Services were able to free her.

She received medical attention from paramedics present at the scene for a number of leg injuries before being transferred to hospital by ambulance.

Her condition remains unknown.

The roadway was partially closed for a number of hours as emergency services worked to free the injured victims and remove the body of the deceased.

Afterwards, members of the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit visited the site to examine it for clues that might indicate help them determine the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash.

It is understood that wet weather was prevalent in the area at the time of the collision, but there has been no official word on whether or not this played an active role in the lead up to the accident.

If it comes about that the crash was not directly caused by either driver, the Motor Accidents Authority would be put in the position to declare it a no-fault collision.

These conditions occur when an unforeseeable element – such as a sudden mechanical failure – afflicts the vehicles or their occupants and causes them to lose control.

The damage caused by these incidents cannot be directly attributed to either controlling party and so any compensation is usually awarded according to the needs of the victims.

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