Three teenagers have been killed in a horrific crash between two trucks and a car in northern NSW, paramedics say.
The collision occurred on the Newell Highway, about 30 kilometres south of the NSW town of Boggabilla, near the NSW-Queensland border, about 6am on Monday.
It’s understood one of the trucks, a fuel tanker, caught alight following the crash.
Paramedics on scene at a serous traffic crash on Newell Highway #Boggabilla at 6.12am. Expect traffic delays please find alternate routes.
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NSW Police said an investigation had been launched to determine how the fuel tanker, a pantech truck towing a trailer, and the car collided.
Two females in the car and the male driver of the pantech truck died at the crash scene, police said.
Superintendent Glen Maule, from the Queensland Ambulance Service, said paramedics received reports of a “very severe road traffic crash”, and initially sent two crews.
“Unfortunately there has been three people deceased in this incident,” he said.
“One would expect that the police will have to do some significant inquiries into what has occurred this morning, to be able to piece together what’s happened to cause such a tragedy to occur, with three young people in their late teens, mid teens losing their lives.”
He said crews described how debris from the crash was spread over a large section of the highway.
Paramedics took the driver of the fuel tanker to Goondiwindi Hospital with back pain and cuts to his face, Superintendent Maule said.
The Newell Highway is expected to remain closed for some time.
NSW Police said no further information about the crash was available.
Police have set up a crime scene at the crash site, and will prepare a report for the coroner.