Two eight-year-old boys killed at school after car crashes into their classroom

Ross McGuinness

Two eight-year-old boys have been killed at school after a car crashed into their classroom.

Three other girls were taken to hospital after the crash at the Banksia Road Public School in Sydney, Australia.

One of the girls, aged nine, remains in a critical condition, while the other two, both aged eight, are in a stable condition.

The 52-year-old female driver of the Toyota Kluger car was not injured in the crash. Police say they do not believe the crash was intentional.

A man carries a child near the scene of the crash (Picture: Reuters)
A man carries a child near the scene of the crash (Picture: Reuters)

The incident happened at about 9.45am on Tuesday at the school in the Sydney suburb of Greenacre.

Paramedics who attended the scene described it as ‘pandemonium’.

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There were 24 children in the classroom of the weatherboard building at the time of the crash, and 17 of them were assessed by paramedics along with their female teacher.

A number of them had minor injuries, the emergency services said.

‘Obviously, it was a scene of carnage,’ said Supt Stephanie Radnidge from New South Wales (NSW) Ambulance.

‘There were a number of distressed and overwhelmed children and teachers at the scene of a horrible accident.

Police do not believe the crash was deliberate (Picture: Reuters)
Police do not believe the crash was deliberate (Picture: Reuters)

‘They were crying, they were distressed, some were asking for their parents.

‘It is very, very hard because we are parents ourselves, we are human beings.

‘But we are highly trained and the best care was delivered this morning to those injured at this site.’

Police are investigating how the crash happened, but NSW Police Commander Stuart Smith said: ‘We do not believe this was an intentional act.’

A woman hugs her son near the school after the crash (Picture: Reuters)
A woman hugs her son near the school after the crash (Picture: Reuters)

The driver of the car was taken for blood and urine tests. She was charged with two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death.

She was granted conditional bail to appear in court at the end of this month.

It is not yet been established whether or not she had any connection to the school.