Family's car pins young girls

TWO young girls were being treated for serious injuries in hospital late yesterday after they were pinned under a Tarago van that rolled down the driveway of a Coffs Harbour home.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said the eight-year-olds suffered leg fractures and abdominal injuries and were last night stable, but critical in the Coffs Harbour Hospital.

Doctors were conducting tests to see if the girls had suffered internal injuries.

The accident happened outside a Redwood Street home shortly before 3pm.

Four ambulances crews responded rushing the girls to hospital.

Police said they thought another young child set the car in motion.

It's thought a sibling of one of the girls, possibly a three year old, may have pushed the gear stick into neutral or even released the handbrake of the Toyota van.

“The van was parked at the top of an inclined driveway and has rolled about four or five metres down the slope, pinning the girls against the wall, ” Coffs Harbour Police Supervisor Senior Constable Dave Sams said.

“It really was a lucky escape and serves as a warning to all parents not to leave children playing unsupervised around vehicles."

The van caused structural damage to the house, and State Emergency Service crews were called in to prop up the verandah roof.



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