Two kids killed after vehicle crashes into Sydney primary school

Casey Dawson
November 8, 2017

The incident happened at 9.45am this morning, with two eight-year-old boys dying as a result of their injuries from the crash at Banksia Road Public School in Greenacre.

Five students were hospitalised and the two boys died of "multiple traumas", police said.

The vehicle smashed straight through the classroom. There were more than 20 students and a female teacher in the classroom at the time of the crash.

Police charged the driver, identified as Maha Al-Shennag, with two counts of unsafe driving occasioning death, driving in a risky manner and negligent driving.

Police from Bankstown LAC on are on scene, conducting inquiries.

The 52-year-old woman behind the wheel crashed into a demountable classroom that was occupied by a class of children and a teacher.

Neighbours tried to save the boys by lifting the auto off them but they were pronounced dead at hospital.

A DYING boy, eight, cried for his mum as he lay in a "scene of carnage" after a auto ploughed into a primary school in Sydney, a witness has revealed.

The driver has since been taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

The woman, who has been charged with two counts of risky driving occasioning death and one count of negligent driving, was granted bail and will appear at Bankstown Local Court on November 29.

Police and paramedics at the scene in Greenacre. "The whole car's inside the classroom". "The auto crashed into the room".

Khaled Arnaourt told Fairfax what he saw when he was one of the first to arrive at the scene.

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Year 4 student Mariam Issmail was in a nearby classroom when the SUV ploughed into the school.

She said: 'We were in the classroom and when we heard a big bang we stood up, there was a black out straight away we were evacuated to Kindergarten.

"(Students) were screaming, saying they wanted their mum, I want help", she said.

Parents collect their kids following the incident.

It is understood Ms Al-Shennag's son is a student at the school. She could have applied the accelerator while intending to brake, one eyewitness suggested.

The school was also visited yesterday by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who offered her sympathy and condolences.

While watching vision of the scene, Sydney radio presenter Ray Hadley was astonished. A crime scene has been established.

The auto was on the school grounds when the incident happened but police don't believe it was intentional.

"We're not looking this as an intentional act. It is a crash investigation", Smith said.

"They were crying, they were distressed, some were asking for their parents", Ms Radnidge said.

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

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