New South Wales first responders, police and victims are still reeling from one of the worst weeks for car accidents in recent history, with the death toll hitting 11 in less than seven days.
The horror started on what has come to be called "Black Monday" last week, when seven people were killed and two others injured throughout the state on a single day. Five separate fatal accidents, two of which involved the death of couples, were reported in Banora Point, Arakoon, Lake Innes, Haberfield and Narrabeen.
Two more accidents in Lansvale and Dubbo resulted in serious injuries. The only time a single day has seen more injury and death caused by car accidents is when a large bus is involved, during which several people are killed in one crash.
The fatal crash in Haberfield was the result of a collision between a motor scooter and a large truck. Emergency responders stated that the couple, both 33 years old, were dead on arrival.
Officials said the day was "tragic," and would have a lasting impact on all who were involved.
"At seven deceased, it's certainly been a very difficult day for police and it's certainly proof of what can go wrong even in perfect weather," NSW police operations manager detective-inspector Phillip Brooks told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"There are many dozens of people who will be either directly or indirectly impacted by these tragedies."
The carnage continues
Unfortunately, the death toll continued to rise throughout the week when two women and a child were killed in two separate car accidents on Friday. The first accident occurred when one woman and her passenger allegedly crashed into two other cars head on, killing the girls instantly.
The passengers from the other cars suffered injuries and were treated at Lismore Base Hospital.
This accident occurred only a day after a woman was killed in a two-car collision outside Griffith.
By the end of the week, 11 people were killed in car crashes, and several people had been taken to hospital with injuries ranging from minor to severe.
The week of devastation should serve as a reminder that driving safety must be taken seriously. Mr Brooks added that in all his time with the department, he'd never seen such a horrific period.
"No, in 35 years of policing. It's certainly a challenging day. It's unheard of," he said.
"It is incumbent upon drivers to slow down and to drive to the road conditions, whatever they are."