Children killed after auto crashes into primary school in Sydney
Nov 08 2017
A father of a child at the school was first on the scene as he lives across the road, and he and three tradies helped to lift the 4WD to free several children trapped beneath it.
The boy who the freed from under the auto shared these heartbreaking last words before he was taken to hospital, "I want my Mum".
Student Mariam Issmail told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that she saw a teacher faint after the crash, while others loaded children into ambulances.
Isaac Tayba, who rushed to the school where his nephew is a Year 3 student, said it was a tragedy to see what happened.
A total of 23 children at Banksia Road Public School were injured, with five of them taken to Westmead Children's hospital, a NSW Ambulance spokesman said.
The school was also visited yesterday by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who offered her sympathy and condolences. "The whole car's inside the classroom".
Paramedics who attended the scene described it as "pandemonium". One distressed mother said she hadn't heard from her child and feared the worst.
"Apparently I think she (the driver) drove in there and instead of maybe pressing the brake, she might have hit the accelerator".
While watching vision of the scene, Sydney radio presenter Ray Hadley was astonished.
She has reportedly asked for forgiveness, and police do not believe it was an intentional act. Crash investigators and detectives from Bankstown local area command were investigating the circumstances that led to the accident.
"They were crying, they were distressed, some were asking for their parents", she said.
New South Wales state Assistant Commissioner Stewart Smith said: "The vehicle continued inside the building and tragically we have had a number of young children injured as a result".
"It is very, very hard because we are parents ourselves, we are human beings", she added.
Police have asked parents who wish to collect their children to use the Boronia Road school entrance. A further 18 children were treated at the scene for minor injuries.