Four children – three girls and one boy – have died and another is in a critical condition after they were allegedly hit by a 4WD while riding bicycles in Sydney’s north-west.
Emergency services were called to Bettington Road in Oatlands, near Parramatta, before 8pm tonight, after reports that multiple people had been struck by a vehicle.
Police say seven children were involved in the incident, outside Oatlands Golf Club, four of whom died at the scene.
They are yet to be formally identified but are all believed to be under the age of 12.
Three other children were taken to The Children’s Hospital in Westmead.
A 10-year-old boy, who was initially reported to be in a critical condition is now said to be in a stable condition.
A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said two girls, aged 10 and 13, were also transported to hospital. They sustained non life-threatening injuries.
“When the first crews arrived on scene, they were confronted with carnage,” a NSW Ambulance spokesman told media at a press conference.
“A very difficult scene with obviously a lot of chaos.”
A 29-year-old male driver, local to the area, was behind the wheel of the dual cab 4WD Mitsubishi ute with a 24-year-old passenger in the car, police confirmed.
The driver was given a roadside breath test and returned a positive result.
He was arrested at the scene and taken to Castle Hill Police Station for a breath analysis.
Councillor for the Epping Ward of the City of Parramatta, Donna Davis, took to Facebook to express her shock at the devastating accident.
“A horrific, senseless accident in Oatlands this evening,” she wrote.
“My heart goes out to those involved, their loved ones, friends and first responders.”
A crime scene has been establish by The Hills Police Area Command, which will be examined by specialist police from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit.
As a result, NSW Police are urging drivers to avoid the area.