Children die, others critical in car lake plunge at Wyndham Vale
A SUDANESE MOTHER of seven was driving the car that ploughed into a Melbourne lake killing a baby, young twins and critically injuring a third child.
April 08, 2015
- Three children have died and two others are critically hurt
- A woman was also in the car and is in under police guard in hospital
- The crash happened at a lake off Manor Boulevard, Wyndham Vale at 3.40pm
- All four children are believed to be aged under six
- A neighbour smashed the rear windscreen to rescue the children
POLICE have confirmed a third child has died after their car plunged into a lake at Wyndham Vale this afternoon.
The car was found in the lake off Manor Lakes Boulevard, near Pedder Street, at 3.40pm.
The female driver is under police guard in Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Police believe all four children were under six years of age.
The car is about 20 to 30 metres from the shore.
An emotional Superintendent Stuart Bateson said “we don’t know why, we don’t know how” the car entered lake, about 38km west of Melbourne’s CBD.
He said it was “too early” to tell whether the female driver was the mother of all four children.
“All we know at this stage is a female driver has been taken to hospital and we have two deceased children,” he said.
ANYONE WHO WITNESSED THE CRASH IS URGED TO CONTACT CRIME STOPPERS ON 1800 333 000
“We have another two children that have been flown to hospital in a serious condition.
“What we do know is that when the car left (the road) passers by and police members got some of the children out and did CPR.
“Unfortunately two of the children passed away.”
They will try to piece together the exact cause of the crash, determining how fast the car was travelling, whether the car braked or swerved and other factors like road conditions.
The Search and Rescue squad is also attending the scene and will retrieve the vehicle from the water.
Tests can then be conducted on the car to make sure there are no mechanical faults or defects.
Superintendent Bateson said police were unsure whether the car was driving erratically before entering the lake.
“It is pretty early in our investigation,” he said.
“What we do know is that we have a very tragic set of circumstances here and it is going to be a very harrowing investigation.”
He said “everyone”, including police, had been affected by the tragic scene.
“When you come to a scene like this and my members in particular, who have been performing CPR for an extended period of time, are really feeling it,” he said.
“It is tough for everyone involved.”
The Superintendent said nearby SES and CFA members helped at the scene, as community members jumped into the lake in an attempt to rescue the children.
Resident Michelle told 3AW her neighbour Travis had to smash the car’s back windscreen to rescue the children.
“It’s just a horrible scene.” she said.
“Travis jumped into the water, smashed the back screen of the car and got one little boy out,” she said.
“Then they started working on him.”
Crying, she added: “It’s so very hard to talk about when there are children involved.”
Michelle said the car was travelling along Manor Lakes Boulevard and “but just went straight over into the lake.”
She said: “I’m not sure if it was speeding or what happened.”
Resident Kate Slee, who lives opposite where the crash occurred, said the park was normally a “pretty place” popular among families.
“I am devastated because I’ve got two kids of my own,’’ she said.
Stacie Buckley, also nearby, said: “It’s terrible. It’s a complete shock knowing it’s so close to home. I’ve got kids myself so anything involving kids is just awful.”
“You would never think something like this would happen in that particular spot. The ponds are retty far back from the road. It’s just completely shocking.”
Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
Wyndham Vale crash: Three children killed, one other injured as car crashes into Melbourne lake
A woman is under police guard in hospital after the car she was driving crashed into a lake, killing three children and injuring one other in Melbourne’s west this afternoon.
Emergency services said the car, which had five people in it, plunged into the lake near the intersection of Manor Lakes Boulevard and Pedder Street at Wyndham Vale.
Passersby and police officers jumped into the lake and punched holes through the car’s windows to rescue the people inside and then started giving the children CPR.
One other child was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Police believe all four children are under the age of six.
The woman who was driving the vehicle was rescued and is under police guard at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is in a stable condition.
Superintendent Stuart Bateson said it was unclear what caused the crash.
“All we know at this stage is a female driver has been taken to hospital,” he said.
Superintendent Bateson said it was too early to say if the woman driving the vehicle was the mother of the children.
“What we do know is that when the car [crashed] passersby and police members got some of the children out and did CPR,” he said.
He said police were investigating a “tragic set of circumstances”.
“It’s going to be a really harrowing investigation,” he said.
Aerial pictures from the scene showed a vehicle submerged in water about 10 metres from the lake’s edge.
Dozens of emergency workers attended the scene to treat the injured.