Teenager critical after crash south of Taree, NSW

A teenage driver remains in a critical condition following a two-vehicle crash south of Taree overnight.

Just after 8.30pm (Sunday 23 January 2022), emergency services were called to the intersection of Bullocky Way and the Pacific Highway at Possum Brush, after reports of a two-vehicle crash.

Police have been told a Kia sedan travelling west on Bullocky Way and a Nissan sedan travelling south on the Pacific Highway collided at the intersection.

The driver of the Kia – a 15-year-old boy – was trapped in the vehicle and released with assistance from NSW Rural Fire Service and Volunteer Rescue Association. He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.

The two female passengers from the Kia – aged 17 and 16 – suffered non life-threatening injuries and were taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital for treatment.

The 49-year-old female driver of the Nissan and her six-year-old passenger also sustained minor injuries and were taken to Manning Base Hospital.

Officers from Manning/Great Lakes Police District established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist forensic police, and have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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