A 10-year-old child was killed, and a teenager injured, in the Upper Hunter in a tragic start to the holiday long weekend.
Investigations are now underway following the fatal crash at Merriwa just before 11am on Saturday 1 October.
Emergency services were called to Flaggs Road, near Depot Road, after reports surfaced a vehicle had left the roadway and hit a tree.
It is understood the car rolled a number of times before stopping.
NSW Ambulance paramedics attended and assisted the occupants.
However, one of the passengers – a 10-year-old boy – died at the scene.
A second occupant – a 15-year-old girl – was taken by road to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.
The driver, a 46-year-old man, was airlifted to the same hospital in a critical condition.
Officers from Hunter Valley Police District have started inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash and are appealing for anyone with information or dashcam footage to come forward.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
Meanwhile, NSW Police’s annual road safety enforcement campaign, Operation Labour Day, will continue until 11.59pm on Monday 3 October.
That means double demerits are also in play.
Officers from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be assisted by general duties police from districts across the state, targeting speeding, drink and drug driving, mobile phone use and other traffic offences.