Seven people have been hospitalised after a head-on collision occurred between a motor home and a ute at Dunkeld near Bathurst.
There were six people in the campervan and the driver of the ute, all of whom suffered injuries, with two women from the first vehicle being airlifted to Westmead Hospital.
One of the females, aged 31, had spinal injuries, while the other, 23, hurt her stomach, neck and chest. The ute driver, a 43-year-old woman, was treated for a suspected fractured pelvis at Liverpool Hospital.
A 15-year-old girl received medical attention for a broken collarbone, spinal injuries and fractured ribs at Orange Base Hospital. The three remaining motor home passengers suffered minor injuries; two women aged 46 and 40 suffered bruising and soft tissue damage and a two-year-old boy had a cut lip.
The 46-year-old was taken to Bathurst Hospital, while the other woman and the boy were sent to Orange Base.
Police investigate the scene
According to NSW Police, the Mitsubishi Triton ute and the Mercedes motor home were travelling in opposite directions down Mitchell Highway near Evans Plains Road when they collided.
The incident, which occurred at 4:20pm on Tuesday (December 9), caused the major road to be closed for eight hours while officials from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene.
Both drivers were said to be trapped in their vehicles for over an hour before being rescued, the Wellington Times reports.
Four NSW Ambulance units were sent to the crash, as well as the Air Ambulance, which landed just minutes after the collision.
Second ute crash
The Bathurst incident was not the first time this week that a utility vehicle was involved in a collision. A silver dual-cab Toyota Landcruiser hit a motorcycle at an intersection in Dubbo yesterday (Wednesday 10).
While the driver of the ute escaped without harm, he did go to hospital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing. However, the man and woman on the bike both suffered serious injuries and required medical attention.
Police are now investigating the crash, which occurred on the intersection of Bourke and Myall streets. Witnesses were urged to contact Dubbo Police Station if they have more information on the incident.
Officers claimed they are especially keen to talk to the driver of a small truck or van who was seen travelling alongside the motorcycle just before it crashed.