Horror crash claims 3 lives
POLICE have released the names of a man and his two children who were killed in a two-car crash at Dyraaba, north-west of Casino yesterday morning.
The mother of the children is understood to be a Warwick woman.
Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Mick Dempsey said 28-year-old Shaun Zagar and his children, Kaleb, 6, and Zara, 5, died at the scene.
It is believed they were waiting for the school bus when the accident happened.
Insp Dempsey said the three locals were parked on the side of Martins Rd near the intersection of McDonalds Bridge Rd when a green Mitsubishi sedan crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with their blue Mazda hatch.
Insp Dempsey said the trio were not wearing seatbelts at the time.
Police, paramedics, Sextonville and Kyogle RFS units, NSW Fire and Rescue Kyogle brigade, Casino VRA and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter responded to reports of the smash at 8.15am.
When emergency service crews arrived, they found a blue Mazda hatch and a green Mitsubishi sedan, both with significant damage, in a roadside paddock.
The occupants of the Mitsubishi, a 57-year-old man, a four-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl were treated at the scene for various non life threatening injuries.
The girl was airlifted by the rescue helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition suffering a fracture and facial injuries.
The 57-year-old man and the boy were taken to Lismore Base Hospital by road ambulance.
Officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation unit examined the scene.
Three of the five people killed on NSW roads in the 12 hours from 8.30pm on Monday were children.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch Acting Superintendent Mark Crelley said police were asking motorists to take all precautions to reduce the chance of being involved in a crash.
"Plan your trips, travel within the speed limits, do not take unnecessary risks when overtaking, don't use your mobile while driving, take regular breaks and wear your seatbelts," he said.
A report on the incident will be prepared for the coroner.
- Lismore Northern Star