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Posted: Nov 7 2017, 05:13 PM
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Two boys, aged eight, are dead after a car smashed into a Sydney classroom, leaving children screaming for their parents amid a scene of “carnage”.
A Toyota Kluger driven by a woman, 52, hit the weatherboard building at Banksia Road Primary School in Greenacre, in the city’s southwest, about 9.45am on Tuesday.
Two boys, aged eight, were critically injured. They were taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital where they died.
Two eight-year-old girls were taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital in a stable condition, and one nine-year-old girl was taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital in a serious condition.
A police spokesman said 24 children were in the classroom at the time of the accident.
A spokeswoman for the NSW Ambulance service described the incident as “horrific”, and said responders had responded to a scene of “carnage”.
NSW Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith told reporters: “Obviously, this is a very, very tragic event.”
Police do not believe the incident it was intentional.
“We’re not looking this as an intentional act. It is a crash investigation,” Mr Smith said.
Two chaplains were brought in to the school to support the victims.
NSW Ambulance superintendent Stephanie Radnidge said students and children were “crying, they were distressed, some were asking for their parents”.
Ms Radnidge said the deceased boys had suffered multiple traumas and were unconscious when they were rushed to hospital.
“It is very, very hard because we are parents ourselves, we are human beings,” she added.
“There were a number of distressed and overwhelmed children and teachers at the scene of a horrible accident.
“There was pandemonium. In the beginning of any major incident it is always very chaotic until there is some order brought to that chaos.”
There were chaotic scenes at the school as frantic parents raced to check on the welfare of their children.
Police asked parents who wish to collect their children to use the Boronia Road school entrance.
Mohammad Sabune, whose eight-year-old son was in the demountable classroom when the Toyata Kluger barrelled into it, told The Australian the crash was like a “bomb explosion”.
“He told us that a car smashed into his class and it felt like a bomb explosion. Three of his classmates were severely injured,” Mr Sabune said.
“There was blood everywhere and they even had to get the paramedics to smash one of the walls to get into the class”.
Mr Sabune’s young son looked visibly distressed in the back of his parent’s car.
“He’s in panic. I’m in panic. I’m really in shock,” Mr Sabune said. “I’m really happy my son is all right but I’m just praying for the others and their parents.”
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