A teenager has died and three people have been hospitalised after an accident near Young that saw a converted campervan collide with a delivery truck at 02:45 on October 5.
The van was a Mercedes bus that had been converted into a recreational vehicle and was being driven to Bathurst for the upcoming racing event.
It was travelling in a northerly direction along the Olympic Highway near the community of Young in the south of New South Wales when it collided with the baked-goods van.
Police reports indicate that a 17-year-old passenger in the campervan received critical chest, head and facial injuries during the crash and was taken by ambulance to the nearby Young Hospital but later died of his wounds.
The driver of the converted bus was trapped in the wrecked vehicle for a time, with officers from the NSW Fire and Rescue services struggling to free him.
During the accident, the 62-year-old driver of the delivery truck also suffered severe injuries – both parties were flown to Canberra Hospital in the SouthCare helicopter in serious conditions.
The two other occupants of the campervan were transported to Young Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and one has since been released.
It is understood that the two men have been assisting police with their inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Some reports indicate that the converted Mercedes may have swerved in front of the commercial vehicle.
Speaking on the incident, Young police inspector Ashley Holmes said that official investigations into the accidents would continue.
Holmes said: “The bus, or camper van, appears to have crossed to the incorrect side of the road.
“The cause is yet to be determined but given the time of morning at this stage we are looking at fatigue as a factor.”
Forensic crash specialists have inspected the area and a report will be prepared for the coroner’s office.
The victims of this incident may be able to apply for car accident compensation to help compensate them for the costs associated with their medical treatment.
While it is unclear as to who – if anybody – was at fault for the crash, a compensation lawyer can assist the injured parties by providing them with clear guidance on their legal options.
Rehabilitation therapies and ongoing treatments can be covered, with payments available to help ease the financial burden faced by car accident victims.