A crash near Tamworth in the New England region of New South Wales has resulted in the death of a child and the hospitalisation of a number of other victims.
According to official reports, the incident occurred on the New England Highway at Tintinhull at around 16:00 and involved a Mitsubishi van carrying five people and a Subaru Forester with two occupants.
Police say that they believe the northbound van may have crossed over the dividing lines on the major roadway and into the path of the oncoming SUV.
In the ensuing collision a ten-year-old boy who was travelling in the back seat of the van suffered extensive injuries and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Another two children were travelling in the Mitsubishi at the time of the accident – they were taken to the nearby John Hunter Hospital for treatment.
Both the driver of the van – a 54-year-old man – and his female front seat passenger suffered severe injuries in the crash and were taken to Tamworth Base Hospital where they both remain in a critical condition.
The occupants of the Subaru – a 77-year-old male driver and his female passenger – were also transferred to the medical facility in a serious condition.
Emergency services sealed off the crash site for a number of hours, allowing paramedics to tend to the injured travellers before establishing a crime scene.
Police investigators examined the site of the crash for a number of hours, reopening the highway for public use around 21:00 the same day.
Forensic teams seized the two damaged vehicles involved in the collision for mechanical examination in an attempt to determine how the accident occurred.
Accidents like this one can result in serious injuries that require intensive medical care and repeated bouts of rehabilitation sessions in order to make a full recovery.
These procedures can be expensive, meaning that long term treatments pose a real concern for victims and their families.
However, in NSW car accident compensation can be made available through the Motor Accidents Authority, which provides funds for ongoing care.
In addition, a car accident lawyer is able to deliver victims with access to lump-sum amounts to take into account the pain and suffering experienced by the injured parties, as well as a range of economic losses.