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Balgownie teen arrested over tent crash

A BALGOWNIE teenager has been arrested after his car ploughed into a camp site at Kiama over the weekend.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a crash at the caravan park about 10.50pm on Saturday.
Police and other emergency services were called to the park on O’Keefe Place, Kiama following reports a car had crashed into a tent.
Lake Illawarra Police found two adults and two children with serious injuries.
Early inquiries indicate the four were sleeping inside the tent when the 19-year-old man left a nearby party in the caravan park in a red Ford Falcon sedan.
Whilst driving along a private road, the Falcon has crashed through a metal fence. The Falcon then clipped a parked blue Hyundai Santa Fe wagon before running over the tent.
Three occupants in the tent were dragged several metres and remained trapped beneath the Falcon when it came to a stop.
Other holidaymakers were quickly on the scene with a group of people lifting the rear of the Falcon to free the woman and two children.
A 45-year-old man, 43-year-old woman, 7-year-old girl and 4 year-old boy – all from Dalgety – were treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital.
The man was treated for a fractured pelvis at Wollongong Hospital.
The woman was treated for a collapsed lung, spinal and rib injuries at Wollongong Hospital before being transferred to St George Hospital.
The young girl was also treated at Wollongong Hospital for chest injuries before being transported to Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital.
The young boy received treatment at Wollongong Hospital for bruising and friction burns to his legs.
None of the victims are believed to have life-threatening injuries.
A crime scene was established at the caravan park with officers from the South Region Crash Investigation Unit attending.
The Balgownie driver was taken to Kiama Police Station for a breath analysis, where he returned a PCA of .174. His licence was immediately confiscated and suspended.
The driver is assisting police with their inquiries and investigations into the incident are continuing.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, and have not yet spoken to police, are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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