A fatal car accident in the central west of New South Wales has resulted in the death of an elderly man and seen two other victims transferred to hospital.
Police say that the incident occurred shortly after 14:00 local time on March 23 when a truck and a Subaru station wagon travelling on the Castlereagh Highway collided near Aarons Pass, about 42 kilometres southeast of Mudgee.
Emergency services arrived at the scene to find the driver of the Subaru – described in reports as "an elderly man" – had received fatal injuries during the collision and died shortly after.
The only other occupant of the car – a female passenger – was trapped in the wreckage and had to be cut out of the mangled vehicle by member of the Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA).
She was in a serious condition and received first aid from paramedics at the scene before being airlifted to hospital in the CareFlight helicopter.
When a reporter from the Mudgee Guardian asked one of the senior VRA officers to describe the scene, he replied that it was "horrific" and that the truck involved in the accident was found a fair distance from the impact site.
While police investigations have yet to deliver a concrete finding, it does go some way towards showing just how much power was involved in the collision.
The driver of the heavy vehicle also received a number of minor injuries during the crash and was taken by ambulance to the nearby Mudgee Hospital.
It is understood that he underwent blood and urine testing as a mandatory part of the investigations into the events leading up to the accident.
Police also closed off the highway for a number of hours while emergency services worked on extracting the female victim, detouring traffic through Kandos and Rylstone and adding to travel times.
Diversions were kept in place to allow officers attached to the Bathurst Crash Investigation Unit to establish a crime scene and examine the site.
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