ALL the occupants of two vehicles involved in a head-on crash on the Mitchell Highway on Sunday afternoon are from Orange.
However Orange police say they are not in a position to release the names of the crash victims who are all undergoing treatment in hospital.
A three-year-old boy remains in a critical but stable condition in Westmead hospital after he was stabilised at Orange hospital late on Sunday afternoon before being flown by the Sydney-based NSW Ambulance helicopter. He is being treated for multiple fractures and suspected spinal injuries.
A spokesman for Orange hospital said the boy’s mother was expected to be flown out yesterday afternoon to the same hospital for specialist treatment for chest injuries.
The toddler’s 45-year-old father is being treated in Orange for multiple injuries and the 55-year-old driver of the second vehicle remains in a serious condition with chest injuries and fractures.
Sergeant Andrew McLean of Orange police said the highway was closed until late on Sunday night so Orange detectives and forensic officers from Dubbo could investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.
“We are not in a position to interview any of the occupants of either vehicle at this stage because of the seriousness of their injuries, but our investigation is continuing,” he said.
The vehicle containing the 45-year-old male and 31-year-old female and toddler was travelling towards Bathurst and the second vehicle being driven by the 55-year-old man was travelling towards Orange when the head-on crash occurred 500 metres west of the Blayney/Millthorpe turnoff just after 3pm, closing the highway for several hours.