Three people have suffered car accident injuries after their vehicles collided on Monday (November 14) at 7:35pm.
NSW Police have called for witnesses to come forward, hoping to ascertain what happened during the incident, which occurred on Johnstone Road at Bass Hill.
Initial reports confirmed that two cars were involved – a Toyota Camry and a Mazda. The 76-year-old driver of the Camry and his passenger, a 69-year-old woman, were both trapped in the vehicle when police arrived.
Rescue personnel were able to remove the pair from the wreckage, with both sustaining car accident injuries.
The man was said to have suffered only minor injuries. However, a later police report issued on Tuesday (November 18) confirmed the woman is still in Liverpool Hospital in critical condition with chest, pelvis and internal problems.
A 29-year-old man who was driving the Mazda may also be eligible for injury compensation, as he was taken to hospital after being harmed in the crash.
Officers from Bankstown Local Area Command are investigating the incident, and anyone who witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact them at Bankstown Police Station. Alternatively, people can ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police warn motorists as crashes increase
The Bass Hill incident occurred after NSW Police warned motorists on Monday to be more careful on the state’s roads, following six deaths at the weekend.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said the number of fatalities this year is lower than last year, but he urged drivers to “take personal responsibility”.
“Police continue to enforce road safety, however, we need those that use our roads to consider their own actions and not place themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk,” he stated.
“Speeding, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seat belt or correct helmet – all of these actions are pretty basic, but if caution is not used can result in lives lost.”
Smith also advised drivers to avoid distractions such as mobile phones and take a break whenever they feel tired on long journeys.
He said that investigations will continue into the circumstances surrounding the weekend’s crashes, but claimed there were indications that some incidents could have been prevented with basic road safety measures.
“With warmer conditions and more people heading out and about, drivers, riders, cyclists and pedestrians can’t afford to become complacent and take things for granted,” he added.