December 29, 2023

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Introduction
A catastrophic accident unfolded near Lithgow, NSW, when five vehicles collided, leading to a tragic loss of two lives and leaving a nine-year-old girl among those critically injured. The large-scale emergency operation involved over 80 professionals, underlining the severe impact of the crash.

Incident Details
The collision occurred just before 1pm today on the Great Western Highway at Wallerawang, causing extensive wreckage and prompting a significant emergency services response. Among the victims, several children suffered a range of injuries, with a nine-year-old girl airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a critical state.

Emergency Response
Responding to the scale of the tragedy, NSW Ambulance dispatched 23 road crews and four helicopters, with patients transported to various hospitals across the state. The concerted effort by emergency services highlights the community’s resilience and the challenges faced during such mass casualty incidents.

Investigation and Public Appeal
NSW Police are in the early stages of investigating the cause of the crash, with initial findings suggesting a vehicle may have crossed into oncoming traffic. Authorities are appealing to the public for any eyewitness accounts or dashcam footage that could assist in piecing together the events leading to the accident.

Community Impact and Safety Reminder
The aftermath of the crash has deeply affected the community, with officials reminding drivers of the importance of road safety, especially during peak travel times. The incident serves as a somber reminder of the responsibility drivers hold to ensure the safety of all road users.

Conclusion
As the community mourns the loss and rallies around the injured, this tragic event underscores the critical need for caution and vigilance on the roads to prevent future accidents. Our thoughts are with the families affected during this difficult time, as we reflect on the importance of making safe driving decisions.