Four-car collision on Olympic Highway leaves three trapped

Update: 3.20pm

A family pet has died and a 60-year-old woman is fighting for life after a multi-car collision on Saturday morning. 

It comes after her vehicle allegedly ploughed into three parked cars at road works, north of Bethungra after 10.45am. 

Paramedics rushed to free the driver, who was trapped in what remained of her car. 

The 60-year-old driver was flown to Canberra hospital in a critical condition, with serious head injuries.  

Murrumbidgee zone duty operations manager Eamonn Purcell said the car had hit the rear of the car in front, trapping and injuring a 42-year-old driver and her 13-year-old female passenger. 

“From reports, the car came into the back of parked cars, crushing people in their cars,” Mr Purcell said. 

“There were four patients in total.”

The 42-year-old woman was treated for head, neck and chest injuries, and the teenager was assessed for head and neck pain. 

Both were driven to Wagga Base Hospital, where they remain in a stable condition.

Mr Purcell said an occupant of another vehicle was treated for minor injuries and declined transport to hospital. 

Two dogs were also injured in the collision and were treated by an on-call vet. 

One has tragically died.  


Emergency services have rushed to free occupants of a multi-vehicle collision near Bethungra this morning. 

Paramedics and police flew along the Olympic Highway after 11am on Saturday, following reports of a crash between Cootamunda and Junee. 

Three occupants were trapped as a result of the calamity, according to police.


The trio have since been removed from their confinement. 

A number of occupants are being treated paramedics on scene. 

Traffic has been affected in both directions, north of the town, with traffic controllers coordinating alternating conditions.  

Riverina District Police at 1pm advised drivers to exercise caution and plan for delays, if travelling along the Olympic Highway. 

A post on social media revealed the road would not open fully for several hours.

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