A crash in the central west of New South Wales has seen a three-year-old girl die and two other children hospitalised after the SUV they were travelling in struck a tree.
Police say that the Toyota Kluger was being driven by a 40-year-old male along Canowindra Road – approximately 15 kilometres south of Cudal – around 15:00 on December 18 when the accident occurred.
The young victim is believed to have been sitting in the back seat at the time of the collision and died at the scene.
Emergency services say that the male driver was trapped in the wrecked vehicle for almost an hour before crews managed to free him.
He suffered a number of injuries to his lower leg and pelvis and was transferred by helicopter to the nearby Orange Hospital for treatment.
A four-year-old boy was who also travelling in the car during the accident was also taken to the medical facility after sustaining extensive injuries.
Speaking to the ABC, emergency paramedic David Morris explained that the young male had suffered injuries to his head, chest and abdomen.
Morris asserted: "The child is in a serious condition."
The other occupants of the SUV were a 41-year-old woman and a six-month-old girl – both of whom were taken to Orange Hospital for treatment of their relatively minor injuries.
Police closed the roadway for a number of hours to allow officers from the Canobolas Local Area Command to examine the scene.
It is no yet clear how the accident occurred, with no official report given regarding the road conditions or other factors surrounding the case.
Urging caution during the holiday season, paramedic Morris made use of the opportunity to appeal to road users to "drive safe and drive to conditions".
He said: "No-one wants to … end up in an accident at this time of year, especially around Christmas time, and that's one of the things that we do ask people to just drive safely and take enough time to drive to your destination and be cautious on the roads."
The injuries suffered by members of this party will likely take some time to heal, with ongoing medical treatments and perhaps even rehabilitation sessions, depending on the extent of the damage inflicted.
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