March 9, 2024

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A severe collision on the Great Western Highway in Kirkconnell, NSW, has resulted in serious injuries for a teenage driver and minor injuries for two others. The incident, which occurred 25km east of Bathurst, has drawn significant emergency response and subsequent investigation efforts.

Incident Details
The collision involved a hatchback driven by a 17-year-old and an SUV. The young driver was trapped in the wreckage for an extended period before being airlifted to a hospital with multiple injuries. Accompanying the driver was a 17-year-old girl who, along with the 29-year-old male SUV driver, sustained minor injuries and was transported to Bathurst Hospital.

Emergency Response and Impact on Traffic
Emergency services, including police and paramedics, responded promptly to the scene. The accident caused significant traffic disruptions on the Great Western Highway for several hours as the area was secured and cleared.

Investigation and Public Appeal
Authorities are actively investigating the circumstances leading to the crash. With the ongoing inquiry, police are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or has relevant information to come forward, particularly those with any footage or additional insights that could assist in the investigation.

This serious accident highlights the importance of road safety and vigilance while driving, particularly on busy highways. As the community hopes for the swift recovery of the injured teenagers, the investigation continues to determine the crash’s cause and to prevent future incidents, underscoring the critical role of public cooperation in enhancing road safety.