Five people involved in a fiery collision in Sydney’s west have a few strangers to thank for saving their lives after they pulled them from the burning wreckage.
A 16-year-old girl is in a coma after a two-vehicle collision in Sydney’s southwest which ended in an explosion and the cars bursting into flames.
The teenager was in the passenger seat of a Holden Commodore sedan when it collided with a Mazda CX-3 along Elizabeth Drive in Liverpool around 8.40pm on Tuesday.
She was pulled from the burning wreckage of the sedan by quick-thinking bystanders and was rushed to Liverpool Hospital in a serious condition.
The teen girl suffered injuries to hips and legs and is currently in a coma.
Bystanders rescued another five people trapped inside the burning vehicles – while a sixth person was able to safely extricate themselves.
Emergency services have applauded the courageous efforts of the heroes who jumped to action and may have saved the lives of the crash victims.
“Members of the public have made that these people are still alive at the moment,” NSW Police Acting Inspector Jason Hogan said.
Witnesses saw the sedan explode into flames upon impact.
The 18-year-old red P-plate driver of the sedan and three male passengers – aged 22, 16 and 15 – were treated by paramedics at the scene.
They were taken to Liverpool and Westmead Hospitals with minor injuries.
A 31-year-old woman who was behind the wheel of the SUV was also treated for minor injuries and taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.
All six people involved in the crash were transported to hospital for treatment.
Three Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) trucks arrived on the scene after reports that fuel tanks had exploded and people were stuck inside the vehicles.
By the time they arrived, the bystanders had already rescued the trapped passengers who were laying on the road.
The sedan was engulfed by flames and firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the out of control blaze and doused a trail of burning fuel at the scene.
Traffic was blocked in both directions while the flames were hosed down by firefighters.
The Crash Investigation Unit has commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, or anyone with dashcam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Originally published as Bystanders save five lives in horror explosive Sydney crash
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