A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has died overnight in a tragic crash near Orange after being hit by a truck as he rendered assistance to passengers involved in an earlier collision.
Emergency services were called to the Mitchell Highway near Thompson Road about 8.15pm on Friday following reports of a crash between a truck and two vehicles that had been involved in an earlier crash.
Officers attached to Central West Police District, NSW Ambulance paramedics and Fire and Rescue NSW attended the scene a short time later.
Police were told a BMW hatchback and a Toyota utility had collided at the corner of Thompson Road and the Mitchell Highway.
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While a 15-year-old boy, a passenger of the Toyota, rendered assistance to the occupants of the BMW, a prime mover truck struck both vehicles.
The 15-year-old died at the scene.
The 17-year-old male driver of the Toyota and the occupants of the BMW, a 72-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman, were taken to Orange Hospital in a stable condition.
Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.
The truck driver, a man aged 48, was taken to Orange Hospital for mandatory testing.
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A crime scene was established and the Crash Investigation Unit commenced an investigation.
Both lanes of the Mitchell Highway were closed for several hours but the highway reopened in both directions about 7.30am on Saturday.