Heartbreaking moment The victim’s best friend in a horror accident that killed five teenagers breaks down at the scene where Ute was ‘blown to bits’ after crashing into a tree
- Five teenagers died in a horror car accident in Buxton, NSW on Tuesday night
- Blaise Cox lost her best friend in the accident and visited the scene on Wednesday
- Blaise said she “can hardly believe” the tragedy that unfolded.
- The 18-year-old male driver was arrested and survived with non-life-threatening injuries
The best friend of a teenage girl who died in a horror car crash along with four of her pals said she struggled to understand the tragedy that unfolded.
Three girls, ages 14 and 15, and two boys, ages 15 and 16, were all killed when the They had gone off the road in a Nissan Navara and crashed into a tree on East Parade, Buxton, near Picton, south-west of Picton Sydney, around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Firefighters, paramedics and police rushed to the scene and were faced with “absolute chaos” with only the 18-year-old driver surviving.
Blaise Cox was at the scene on Wednesday morning fighting back tears as she described the loss of her dear friend.
Blaise Cox, one of the victim’s best friends (left), said she was struggling to process the loss, while her distraught mother (right) said she was “so upset” by the “terrible” crash
Five people died in a horrific accident (pictured) around 100 km south-west of Sydney
“I’m a bit shocked and I still can’t believe it. She was my best friend and like an older sister to me,” she told the Today Show.
“I didn’t know it would happen so quickly.”
Her mother was similarly distraught and at one point put her head in her hands.
“I feel sorry for the family and I’m obviously worried about my girls. They’re so upset about the whole thing and so am I, it’s so awful,” she said.
The horror crash has sent shockwaves through the tight-knit town of Buxton.
The driver survived with non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to the hospital and arrested. Six people were crammed into the five-seater ute.
Paramedics wheeled the driver to an ambulance before he was taken to Liverpool Hospital for mandatory tests. Charges were not brought.
Schoolmates leave flowers for victims of the Buxton crash
Camden Police Superintendent Paul Fuller said victims’ families rushed to the scene after hearing about the crash on social media – and alcohol was not thought to have been a factor.
Supt Fuller said: “We had families who turned up at the scene last night after finding out via social media… to identify their children.
“It is a horrific accident scene and a tragedy of this magnitude will have far reaching implications… for their families, friends and through the local community.
“I’ve been in the police force for 38 years and it’s one of the worst accident scenes I’ve ever encountered.”
Devastated family members and schoolmates were seen visiting the crash site on Wednesday morning.
Many stood with their arms around each other while others left cards and flowers.
Their loved ones leaned into each other as they attended the scene in Buxton on Wednesday morning
Police cordon tape can be seen around trees at the scene on Wednesday
Mourners left bouquets of flowers for the five victims killed
Picton High School released a statement, which read: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the students involved in yesterday’s tragic accident.
“At Picton High, we prioritize supporting our students as they process this terrible news. Additional advisory support and alternative arrangements will be made to help our students with this.’
Students have been pushed onto campus, where the NSW Department of Education offers additional guidance services.
Advice is also extended to first responders who participated in the horror scene, some of whom would have recognized the victims.
Confronting images from the scene showed the ute being blown to pieces amid several trees.
Police are asking anyone with dash cam footage or information about the incident to contact them or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Two distraught people are pictured at the scene of the accident, which killed five people