Two girls remain hospitalised after they were struck by a van in the driveway of a Coffs Harbour home.
Two girls remain hospitalised after they were struck by a van in the driveway of a Coffs Harbour home. FRANK REDWARD

Two girls pinned under van

TWO young girls injured after they were pinned under a van in the driveway of a Coffs Harbour home remain in a stable condition in hospital.

The eight-year-old friends were struck by a Toyota Tarago while playing outside a home in Redwood Street on Sunday shortly before 3pm.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said the girls suffered leg fractures and abdominal injuries.

The parents of one of the girls managed to free them before emergency services arrived on scene.

Police described the incident as a terrible accident, saying the children were playing at the bottom of a steep driveway.

Officers were told by family members a sibling of one of the girls set the van in motion from where it was parked at the top of the driveway.

Police say it is thought the young boy pushed the gear stick into neutral and the handbrake was either released or failed.

The vehicle crashed into a brick wall at the front of the home.

The impact caused structural damage, prompting the State Emergency Service crews to prop up the veranda roof with supports.



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