Five teenagers have been killed and and one hospitalised after a horror car crash that police are describing as the ‘worst’ they have ever seen.
The Nissan Navara utility lost control and slammed into a tree on East Parade, Buxton, a town of around 1000, near Picton, 100km southwest of Sydney.
Emergency services including fire fighters, paramedics and police, rushed to the scene just after 8pm on Tuesday and were confronted with ‘absolute chaos’.
Police say they have located three teenage girls and two teenage boys in the wreckage with some passengers as young as 14 or 15. The 18-year-old male driver survived with non life-threatening injuries.
He was seen staring up into the sky as paramedics wheeled him to a waiting ambulance and took him to Liverpool Hospital for mandatory testing.
Camden police superintendent Paul Fuller said the passengers were local kids and had attended the nearby Picton High School.
‘So it’s a horrific accident scene and a tragedy of this magnitude is going to have ripple effects … for their families, friends and through the local community,’ he said.
‘I’ve been in the police for 38 years and it’s one of the worst accident scenes I’ve ever come across.’
The 18-year-old male driver was seen staring up into the sky as paramedics wheeled him to a waiting ambulance to take him to hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing
Five people have been killed in a horror crash (pictured) around 100km southwest of Sydney
NSW Police said on Tuesday evening: ‘Three female and two male passengers all believed to be of similar age, died at the scene.’
Charges have not been laid.
Supt Fuller said some of the first responders at the scene would have recognised the victims as local kids from their area.
He said he had spoken with the principal of Picton High School and that counselling would be provided to students on Wednesday.
Mayor of Wollondilly Shire Matt Gould said his ‘entire shire is waking up in shock and mourning’ on Wednesday.
‘I don’t even have the words for how horrible this is,’ he told Radio 2GB.
‘This is one of the most tragic accidents we have had in many many years.
‘We are a very close knot community. Our hearts go out to all the family and friends in the small village of Buxton.’
The accident (pictured) happened just after 8pm on Tuesday night. Police have confirmed all of the passengers who were inside the vehicle are teenagers
Police officers and other emergency service workers are pictured at the crash scene on Tuesday
Superintendent Adam Druber told the Today Show that despite the best efforts of emergency crews ‘there wasn’t much anyone could do’.
‘A complication around these types of incidents, especially in these communities, is a lot of the emergency service workers possibly know the victims, which adds that extra complexity to what we do in the community,’ he said.
Fire and Rescue NSW said numerous emergency crews attended ‘at a serious crash on East Parade involving numerous casualties’.
A medical team that arrived by helicopter also attended.
Officers from Camden Police Area Command established a crime scene, which is being examined by specialist police from the Crash Investigation Unit.
‘An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash is under way (and) a report will be prepared for the Coroner,’ a police spokesman said.
An emergency worker appears to be comforting a colleague (pictured) at the scene of a deadly crash on Tuesday night
Two distraught people are pictured at the scene of a crash that left at least five people dead
Police and other emergency services officers are pictured gathered close to the crash scene, which is taped off
A man who lives near to the crash scene said he heard sirens shortly after the incident and saw a helicopter land in a nearby field.
‘We heard the emergency services vehicles responding really quickly and saw the lights flashing, it lit up the whole street,’ Justin Davis told The Daily Telegraph.
Mr Davis said the area is normally very quite.
‘Even when kids ride their motorbikes along the streets they do it quietly,’ he said.
Images from the scene show the car torn to pieces near the front of houses as distraught locals arrived to the devastation.
A social media post from Fire and Rescue New South Wales (pictured) tells of the horror scene at the crash
Emergency crews are pictured at the scene of a fatal crash in Buxton, New South Wales
Residents in their pyjamas were seen being interviewed by police.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened near Buxton’s town centre.
Police are appealing for anyone with dashcam footage or information about this incident to contact them, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
On Tuesday evening, a spokesman for Fire and Rescue NSW told Daily Mail Australia that all its officers have now returned to their stations where they are being debriefed after the catastrophic crash.
Rescue trucks from Picton are assisting numerous other emergency crews at the scene of the crash (pictured)
An ambulance and other emergency service vehicles are seen at a crash in which at least five people have been killed