‘Scene of Carnage’ in Sydney Suburb After Car Smashes Into School, Killing 2

‘Scene of Carnage’ in Sydney Suburb After Car Smashes Into School, Killing 2
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Two boys, aged eight, died after a car ploughed into a classroom at a primary school in Greenacre in southwest Sydney on Tuesday. The incident also saw 21 others suffered various injuries in what police believe was a tragic accident.

Three other children were taken to a nearby hospital but most others from the classroom sustained minor injuries and were assessed at the scene, paramedics said.

​A closer look at the classroom- Greenacre @7NewsSydney pic.twitter.com/Hdh0O3w9aA

​Mariam Issmail, a fourth-grade student, was in a classroom nearby and said everyone in the class was very scared.

“We were just doing our work and all of a sudden we just heard this big bang,” she said.

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REUTERS/ AAP/Paul BravenA man carries a child near where a vehicle crashed into a primary school classroom in the Sydney suburb of Greenacre in Australia, November 7, 2017

“We were crying. Kids were screaming and saying I want my mum, I want people, I want help. We had to stay in the classroom and stay until our parents came,” she added.

Police said the driver of the Toyota Kluger was a 52-year-old woman who police said was dropping off a child at the time. 

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said they did not believe the incident was intentional.

​”We’re not looking this as an intentional act. It is a crash investigation,” he said.

New South Wales Ambulance Superintendent Stephanie Radnidge said ambulance officers arrived to “a scene of carnage”.

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REUTERS/ AAP/Dean LewinsNew South Wales emergency services personnel and police inspect a vehicle that crashed into a primary school classroom in the Sydney suburb of Greenacre in Australia, November 7, 2017

“[There were] a number of distressed and overwhelmed children and teachers at the scene of a horrible accident. Obviously they were crying, they were distressed, some were asking for their parents, that’s a natural response to such a terrible set of circumstances,” she told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“It is very, very hard because we are parents ourselves, we are human beings,” she added.

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