Crash puts 15 in hospital

TWO children are in a critical condition after a head-on collision on Wyrallah Road, Buckendoon, shortly after midday on Saturday.

The accident occurred when the driver of a Mitsubishi Pajero lost control on a right-hand bend, colliding with a Toyota Landcruiser after heavy rain.

Fifteen people were treated at Lismore Base Hospital for various injuries.

Two children with serious injuries were transported by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital. A nine-year-old girl was later airlifted to the Mater Children's Hospital in Brisbane, suffering a suspected fractured spine.

A 48-year-old man with a broken left arm and suspected multiple fractures to his chest and back was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. The man underwent surgery on Saturday.

The other passengers were transported by a fleet of ambulances to Lismore Base Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The Mitsubishi Pajero was carrying seven passengers, including two adults and five children ranging in age from 12 to 3. The nine-year-old girl with a fractured spine was travelling in the Pajero.

The Toyota Landcruiser was carrying eight passengers, including three adults and five children, ranging in age from four to nine.

They included the driver, who suffered minor injuries; a four-year-old boy, who suffered a broken foot; and his 47-year-old father, who sustained a broken arm and leg.

Also in the Landcruiser was a 34-year-old female passenger and mother of four of the children. She sustained abdominal injuries and internal bleeding. Her five-year-old girl suffered severe lacerations to the forehead. She remains in Lismore Base Hospital.

The woman's three other children sustained various injuries, including broken bones.

Police are seeking witnesses to assist with their investigations into the exact cause of the crash.

Anyone who saw a blue Mitsubishi Pajero travelling north on Wyrallah Road on Saturday is asked to call the Ballina Crash Investigation unit on (02) 6681 8618.

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