ORANGE police are investigating whether speed was a factor in a single-vehicle accident in a 40km/h zone outside James Sheahan Catholic High School yesterday morning.
The accident occurred about 8.30am when Anson Street was congested with vehicles dropping children at the school.
The vehicle, driven by a 53-year-old man, is believed to have hit a post, a tree and a school fence.
Paramedics praised staff at the school who rushed to the scene and offered first aid before firefighters, police, six ambulances and a helicopter road retrieval team arrived.
Paramedics treated the driver for chest injures before transporting him to Orange hospital, where he was in a stable condition yesterday afternoon.
The car’s passengers, four youths aged 9, 13 and 17, were also treated at the scene and transported to Orange hospital.
Two of the passengers are believed to have head injuries.
Police are calling on anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them.