At least four people have been taken to hospital – including one child – in what police have described as a "serious crash" a major roadway in the central west of New South Wales.
Official reports indicate that the incident occurred on the Mitchell Highway at Orange at around 15:00 on April 15.
Police say that they believe two sedans were travelling in opposite directions on the roadway when the met in a head-on collision approximately 500 metres west from the Blayney/Millthorpe turnoff.
Information on the scenario immediately preceding the crash has not been made widely available – according to an interview with sergeant Andrew McLean of Orange police the victims still require ongoing medical attention before they can answer questions.
Sergeant McLean told Fairfax Media on April 17: "We are not in a position to interview any of the occupants of either vehicle at this stage because of the seriousness of their injuries, but our investigation is continuing."
The driver of the westbound sedan – a 55-year-old man – sustained serious injuries during the impact and was trapped in his car until emergency services could free him.
A similar situation was experienced by the driver of the second vehicle originally travelling east towards Bathurst – the collision had effectively trapped the 45-year-old man until rescuers were called to the scene.
Other occupants of the car included a 31-year-old woman and a three-year-old boy – both of whom sustained serious injuries in the accident.
The toddler suffered crushing injuries to his chest and was subsequently flown by rescue helicopter to Orange Base Hospital for stabilisation and treatment, along with the other two occupants of the eastbound sedan.
He was later transferred to the childrens' section of Westmead Hospital for specialist treatment, where he remains in a critical condition.
The 55-year-old driver was also taken to Orange Base Hospital by road ambulance, where it is understood he remains in a serious but stable condition.
Police closed off a section of the Mitchell Highway for a number of hours while emergency services worked to free and treat the victims – the barriers remained in place to allow specialist forensic investigators to examine the scene.
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