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UPDATED: 17-year-old in critical condition after vehicle crashed into tree in Orange

January 6, 2022

An intensive care ambulance on the scene. Photo: Troy Pearson/TNV.

By Peter Holmes

A teenage boy is in a critical condition after being injured a single-vehicle crash in Orange this morning.

About 12.30am (Friday January 6, 2023), emergency services were called to Coronation Drive, Orange, after reports a Subaru Impreza had crashed into a tree.

A 17-year-old boy, who was the front-seat passenger, was released by officers from Fire and Rescue NSW before being airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.

The male driver, also aged 17, and a 14-year-old girl, travelling in the back seat, were not injured.

The driver was taken to Orange Hospital for mandatory testing and is now at Orange Police Station assisting with inquiries.

Officers from Central West Police District established a crime scene, which will be examined by specialist police from the Crash Investigation Unit.

As investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue, anyone who may have dashcam footage is urged to contact police.

CORRECTION: Police have issued an apology after sending out a media release earlier today stating the 17-year-old male passenger had died: "We apologise for the mistake, which was due to miscommunication."


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