Several children injured after auto crashes into Sydney school
- Author: Rogelio Becker Nov 08, 2017,
Nov 08, 2017, 0:26
Five of the students were initially taken to Westmead Children's Hospital and NSW Ambulance and police later confirmed two eight-year-old boys had died of "multiple traumas".
Authorities described the scene as "carnage" as paramedics and police responded and parents rushed to the site.
A 52-year-old woman believed to be driving the vehicle has been taken for tests by police.
Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Stuart Smith said: 'We're not looking this as an intentional act'. There were 24 children aged between seven and 11 in the year three classroom at the time.
The woman, who screamed "help, I'm sorry" after the crash has been charged with two counts of risky driving occasioning death and suspended her licence.
Ms Al-Shennag has been charged with two counts of risky driving occasioning death - drive manner unsafe, and negligent driving (occasioning death).
A spokesman for the NSW Department of Education said support services would be available at the school when students returned today. "She wouldn't have got to see him before he died", he said.
It is not yet been established whether or not she had any connection to the school.
Two children suffered cardiac arrest and were rushed to The Children's Hospital at Westmead where they were treated. Seventeen children and a female teacher were assessed on the grounds by paramedics.
"(Students) were screaming, saying they wanted their mum, I want help", she said. "It is a crash investigation", he said.
'They were crying, they were distressed, some were asking for their parents.
She was granted conditional bail to appear in court at the end of this month.
"It is very, very hard because we are parents ourselves, we are human beings".
There were chaotic scenes at the school as frantic parents raced to check on the welfare of their children.
It is understood that at least three other children sustained minor injuries, such as broken bones and cuts.