Five teenagers have been seriously injured in a car crash in southwestern Sydney – just over a week after five other young people were killed in a horrific accident in the city’s southern suburbs.
NSW Police said two 16-year-old girls were treated at the scene and taken to St George Hospital in stable conditions after Friday morning’s accident in Stoney Creek Road, Beverly Hills.
Two boys, aged 15 and 16, were taken to Liverpool Hospital, also in stable conditions.
Fire and Rescue NSW said firefighters had to cut open the vehicle to free one of the passengers in the back seat.
The driver, an 18-year-old man, suffered minor injuries. He was taken to Liverpool Hospital for mandatory examination.
Police said they were called to the scene around 6am after reports that a Honda Accord had crashed into a pole.
They said speed seemed to be a factor, as with the tragedy earlier this month.
“We have a direct correlation to what happened in Buxton a few days ago,” NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden
“We are most fortunate not to have lost another five lives.”
Police are calling on anyone with dashcam footage or information about this incident to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Friday’s crash came as the close-knit NSW township of Picton began organizing funerals for the five teens who died earlier this month.
Tyrese Bechard, 15, who died with four school friends in a single-vehicle accident near the village of Buxton in Wollondilly Shire, was said goodbye during a shift on Thursday.
Three girls, two aged 14 and one aged 15, and two boys aged 15 and 16 died when a Nissan Navarra ute spiraled out of control and crashed into a tree on September 6.
Driver Tyrell Edwards, 18, has been charged with five counts of dangerous driving resulting in death. He has been denied bail.
Wollondilly Shire mayor Matt Gould was among the mourners on Thursday.
“It’s been a very, very difficult day for the whole county,” he said.
“A lot of people are really in pain and this is the first of five funerals.
“We have some difficult days ahead of us.”
The service was a celebration of Tyrese’s life. However, Cr Gould said mourners were also deeply saddened.
On Friday, hundreds of mourners gathered in the small town of Tahmoor for the funeral of 14-year-old Lilly Van De Putte.
Mourners walked along a path decorated with colored balloons in front of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church before the service.
The hearse containing the teen’s coffin arrived at the church just after 1 p.m.
Funerals will be held in the coming days for the other victims of the crash – Summer Williams, 14, Gabby McLennan, 15 and Antonio Desisto, 16.
All five who died went to Picton High School.
A Mayoral Relief Fund has been set up to provide financial support to the families of the victims.
“Money can’t bring them back…but what it can do is allow it [the families] to focus on their grief and not have to worry about some of the immediate financial challenges,” he said.
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