30 January 2023

Six taken to hospital after a van hit a tree near Tarcutta

| Chris Roe
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Wagga Wagga Base Hospital. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Six people have been taken to Wagga Base Hospital after a minivan collided with a tree near Tarcutta today (30 January).

Paramedics arrived at the scene of the accident near the Hume Highway and Sturt Highway Off Ramp to find six patients, two of them still trapped in the vehicle.

NSW Ambulance inspector Eamonn Purcell said that paramedics from Wagga worked alongside local SES crews to release the pair and attend to a 50-year-old woman with head lacerations and chest pain.

“The medical team from the Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter attended to help assess and treat a female patient, who was seriously injured,” he said.

“I’d like to commend all the crews who attended today, working well together in trying conditions.”

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After 24 hours of wet weather and a string of accidents across the Riverina, Inspector Purcell warned drivers to take it easy on wet roads.

“While we can’t speculate on the cause of the crash, it was raining very heavily,” he said.

“We urge all drivers to take extra care, drive to the conditions and slow down in the wet weather.”

While the woman was taken to Wagga Base Hospital in a serious condition, three teenagers, one child and a man in his 40s suffered only minor injuries.

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