An accident on the mid-north coast of New South Wales has seen one driver die and an 11-year-old boy fatally injured after a truck demolished a house.
Police say that the incident began at around 05:00 on January 8 as a Holden Commodore utility vehicle and a 2002-model Kenworth prime mover carrying a load of bananas were travelling in opposite directions on the Pacific Highway at Urunga.
About 27 kilometres south of Coffs Harbour, the truck moved to avoid a collision with the oncoming ute, which may have been travelling in the wrong lane.
The driver of the heavy vehicle – a 51-year-old man from Queensland – was unable to prevent the collision and was subsequently forced off the road.
As a consequence of the initial accident, the truck – which was attached to a B-double trailer – continued beyond the curb and into a residential property, smashing into two houses.
The destructive path of the heavy mover took it through the bedroom of an 11-year-old boy from Penrith, who died instantly.
His parents, brother and two neighbours were able to escape from the damaged property and were taken to the nearby Coffs Harbour Hospital for the treatment of a variety of minor injuries.
The Kenworth's driver suffered and his male passenger were also taken to the facility for medical treatment, suffering from chest injuries.
Emergency services say that the driver of the Holden ute – a 38-year-old male from Nambucca Heads – died of his injuries at the scene.
Police officers were assisted by members of the state Fire and Rescue services and SES volunteers, in addition to ambulance paramedics.
Inspector Brendan Gorman has described the scene of the accident as "horrific" but says that officers have yet to determine the exact cause of the crash.
An official report says that officers from the Mid North Coast Crash Investigation Unit do not believe speed was a factor in the accident and will continue their examination of the scene.
While some of the injured parties where not actively involved in this particular incident, this may not restrict them from seeking car accident compensation to cover their medical costs.
Even though some of the injuries took place on a residential premises rather than the road itself, the fact that it was the result of a vehicular collision means that the individuals affected are still eligible for payments through the Motor Accidents Authority.