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Chaos at school crossing: children injured in collision

By Shepparton News

UPDATE: Tuesday, 1PM

The six-year-old who was airlifted to the Royal Children's Hospital yesterday remains in a critical condition.

The child was one of four occupants of the black vehicle and was airlifted to Melbourne after 4pm yesterday.

EARLIER:

A collision at Kialla West Primary School’s crossing yesterday afternoon has resulted in pleas for improved safety at the site.

Emergency services attended the scene of a three-vehicle collision at the school’s crossing on the Goulburn Valley Hwy after 3.30 pm.

School parent Shannon Petty said he felt angry and his wife Belinda felt sick at the thought their children had crossed the road just minutes before the incident took place.

‘‘Something needs to be done about this crossing; there needs to be an overpass or an underpass,’’ he said.

Mr Petty, also a resident of the nearby Seven Creeks Estate, said in its current state the crossing was extremely dangerous and would only become worse when enrolment numbers increased.

Kialla West Primary School council president Jamie Gilbert said the crossing being located on a highway had always been a concern of the representative body.

‘‘We put our faith in the speed management reduction strategy by VicRoads, but adherence to that can be an issue,’’ he said.

Given the crossing was on a major truck route, Mr Gilbert said the size and weight of vehicles travelling the road each day was also a concern.

Shepparton police Senior Constable Renee McClure said the incident took place when a black vehicle carrying four occupants had stopped at the crossing travelling north, and a truck failed to slow down and collided with the rear of the vehicle.

The black vehicle then collided into another stationary vehicle parked at the crossing travelling south.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said two children, aged eight and 11, were taken to Shepparton’s Goulburn Valley Health, while a six-year-old was airlifted to Melbourne with serious injuries.

The three children were all occupants of the black vehicle, while the single occupants of the truck and other vehicle were not injured.

Traffic was diverted from the scene for sometime, which was particularly busy with children finishing school for the day

Update: 4.45pm

Three occupants have been taken to hospital.

An 11 year-old and an 8 year-old have been transported to Goulburn Valley Health, authorities say, while a six-year old is being airlifted to Melbourne.

These occupants are from the same vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was being treated at the scene.

The incident involved two vehicles and a truck.

EARLIER:

4.30pm

VicRoads has advised that the Goulburn Valley Hwy is closed in both directions, due to the collision, which involved a truck.

The authority expects delays. Police are directing traffic in the area.

4.00pm
Emergency services are on scene of a collision on the Goulburn Valley Hwy in Kialla West.

Traffic is blocked in both directions.

Vehicles travelling north bound are being diverted through a service road, while traffic travelling south bound is being stopped at the scene.

Delays are likely in both directions.