School carnage


Parents frantically rushed, many in tears, to Banksia Road Primary after a car ploughed into a classroom, killing two young students.

Story appeared in: Torch | November 8th, 2017





TWO children have been killed and several injured after a car smashed through the wall of a timber classroom at a Greenacre school on Tuesday morning.
Emergency services rushed to Banksia Road Primary School about 9.45am after reports a vehicle had crashed through the wall of a weatherboard building, where 24 children were being taught.
Emergency services treated 17 children and a female teacher. Five of the children were rushed to Westmead Hospital. Two of those five students, eight-year-old boys, were critically injured.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Acting Commander Stuart Smith said the 52-year-old female driver of the Toyota Kruger who crashed into the classroom was uninjured and was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.
"As a result of that collision five kids were urgently conveyed to Westmead Hospital. Tragically two of those kids, male children, are deceased," he said.
Assistant Commissioner Smith said the remainder of the children were taken to a secondary location at the school, where they were treated by paramedics.
"This is where the journey will really begin with our Department of Education colleagues managing counselling in relation to this incident."
Assistant Commissioner Smith said police were not treating the incident as an intentional act.
Year 4 student, Mariam Issmail, 10, who was in an adjoining classroom, said students and teachers were in a panic.
"All we heard was this big bang, and we opened the window ... canteen ladies were screaming, a teacher fainted, two twin girls, their legs were all cut and were bleeding," Mariam said.
"I was crying because my friends were in that classroom, and they got injured."
Police from Bankstown Local Area Command and Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit, established a crime scene as parents frantically rushed, some in tears, to the school.
Investigations into the incident are continuing.

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