Children injured in head-on car crash

Emergency crews work to free a Fairy Meadow man trapped in his vehicle after a head-on collision. Picture: DAVE TEASETwo young children were seriously injured in a head-on collision at Fairy Meadow yesterday.

Ambulance paramedics, police, and Fire and Rescue NSW crews were called to the crash, at the North Dalton Park car park entrance on Pioneer Road, about 11.15am.

Police said two cars, a north-bound station wagon and south-bound sedan, had collided.

The station wagon driver, a 40-year-old Fairy Meadow man, was trapped inside his vehicle for more than an hour as emergency crews worked to free him from the wreckage.

He was released from the car after a delicate rescue operation led by firefighters.

A three-year-old girl and four-year-old boy who were travelling in the back seat of the man’s car, suffered serious injuries.

Acting Inspector Jason Hogan of Wollongong police said the boy suffered an enclosed head injury and was taken to hospital by helicopter with his sister.

‘‘They’ve been airlifted to Sydney Children’s Hospital to have their injuries assessed and undergo further medical assessment and treatment if that’s required,’’ he said.

As the Rescue 24 ambulance helicopter carrying the two children took off about 12.45pm, a second helicopter, Rescue 22, arrived to transport the driver, believed to be the children’s father.

He was stabilised before being taken to Liverpool Hospital with chest injuries and a broken leg and wrist.

Specialist crash investigators from Sydney and Lake Illawarra inspected the site yesterday afternoon to determine the cause of the crash.

‘‘They’ll try to estimate the speed of the vehicles, as well as the point of impact, and they do that through scientific examination and witness statements,’’ Insp Hogan said.

‘‘At this stage the police accident investigation unit are investigating the circumstances.’’

He said it appeared one vehicle crossed to the centre line.

Two people in the south-bound car were not seriously injured.

Last night the boy remained in a serious condition while his sister’s condition was listed as stable.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to contact Wollongong police on 4226 7899.

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