Rescuers who attended a triple fatal head-on car crash near Canberra say it’s one of the worst crashes they’ve ever seen.
Crews were sent to the crash on the on the Monaro Freeway, Michelago, south of Queanbeyan on Wednesday about 11.30pm.
The driver of a Ford Falcon died instantly in the smash, while the Citroen carrying a man and his two children, a girl, nine, and a boy, 11, was set alight.
The man and his daughter died. The boy survived and is currently in Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.
NSW Police Traffic and Highway Command Assistant Commissioner Micheal Corboy said he’s “absolutely astounded” the boy survived.
Paramedics had to shield the boy from the distressing scene while comforting him.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Ben Hutchinson praised the 11-year-old.
“We can’t speak highly enough of the young boy’s actions,” he said.
“He was able to get himself out of the car and try and attend to all the other people involved.”
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Sadly, the boy’s father and sister are among seven people killed on NSW’s roads in the past 24 hours.
Asst Comm Corboy said 198 people have died in car accidents in NSW in 198 days.
Most of these crashes have involved cars drifting onto the wrong side of the road.