Fiery eight-car crash kills 17-year-old Uber passenger and injures five others in Sydney’s south-west

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Fiery eight-car crash kills 17-year-old Uber passenger and injures five others in Sydney’s south-west

A 17-year-old passenger in a ride-sharing vehicle was killed and five others injured in a fiery crash overnight in Sydney’s southwest.

NSW Police allege a 26-year-old man driving a blue Holden Commodore crossed to the wrong side of Campbelltown Road near Rose Payten Drive at Woodbine around 7.15pm and collided with seven other vehicle.

Michael Corboy, NSW Police assistant commissioner of the traffic and highway control command, today told media that the Commodore passed police twice in the moments before the crash while travelling at high speeds without its headlights turned on.

An 18-year-old man died at the scene of a fiery crash in Sydney’s southwest overnight that involved eight cars.

“About 7pm last night police were stopped doing some stationary work when they noticed a blue Commodore travelling past them at speed without their lights on. They didn’t have time to intercept that vehicle and a short time later the vehicle was seen by another police car travelling at high speed,” he said.

“We didn’t have time to engage that vehicle at that stage and about 7.15pm last night… That vehicle crossed to the incorrect side of the road and collided with approximately 7 other vehicles.

“As a result of that crash, one person has unfortunately been killed and a number of people – up to 14 people – have been seriously injured. Some of them were treated at the scene and others are now at Campbelltown and other hospitals.”

Emergency services were called to Campbelltown Road at Woodbine following reports eight cars had collided and one had caught fire.

The blue Holden Commodore, a Toyota Yaris, Nissan X-Trail, Ford Mondeo, Hyundai Santa Fe, Commodore wagon, Kia Sportage and Mitsubishi Lancer were all involved in the crash.

 

As a result of the incident, the blue Commodore caught fire and 18-year-old passenger in the Kia Sportage – which was being used as an Uber ride-sharing service – died at the scene.

The Uber vehicle’s 57-year-old driver and his remaining passengers – two men aged 19 and 20 and a female aged 18 – were also all seriously injured. They were all required to undergo surgery and remain in a serious but stable condition.

A 57-year-old driver and three of his passengers, aged 19, 20 and 18, were also taken to hospital to undergo surgery and remain in a serious but stable condition.

“A 26-year-old man from Mount Annan, who was driving the blue Commodore, was freed from the wreckage by witnesses. He has undergone surgery at Liverpool Hospital for internal injuries,” an earlier police statement said.

“The Commodore wagon was driven by a 69-year-old man and two passengers. The female passenger from this car was injured.

“The drivers and passenger of the remaining vehicles were assessed on site by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to hospital for further medical checks.”

In total, 15 people were involved in the crash, with another 26-year-old man also requiring surgery.

A 45-year-old woman was the driver of the Toyota Yaris, a 34-year-old woman the driver of the Nissan X-Trail, a 21-year-old woman the driver of the Ford Mondeo, a 54-year-old man the driver of the Santa Fe and two 26-year-old people, a male and a female, were travelling in the Mitsubishi Lancer.

Mr Corboy also said that the driver of the Commodore responsible for causing the collision currently remains in an induced coma and will be facing serious charges when he awakes.

“At this stage, we have one person who died as a result of this crash who was a passenger in a ride-share vehicle. There are a number of people seriously injured in that vehicle plus a number of other injuries from other vehicles, so he could be looking at a number of serious criminal traffic offences,” he said.

“(In this crash) a person was unfortunately killed but (with) the amount of people the amount of speed, the number of cars and the fact that it was a head-on, this could have been very, very much worse

“We’re lucky we haven’t seen multiple deaths as a result of this crash last night.”

Police are investigating whether alcohol or drug use was a factor in the incident.

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