Classroom vehicle crash: Woman charged over death of children


Two boys aged eight years were killed in an unfortunate accident on Tuesday (7 November) morning when a auto crashed into their classroom in Sydney's Greenacre.

A nine-year-old girl is in a serious condition and two eight-year-old girls are in a stable condition. Police do not believe it was an intentional act.

There were 24 children in the classroom at the time of the mishap.

"(Students) were screaming, saying they wanted their mum, I want help", she said.

Police charged the woman with two counts of unsafe driving.

Ms Al-Shennag has been charged with two counts of risky driving occasioning death - drive manner unsafe, and negligent driving (occasioning death).

Students, parents and friends gathered outside the school yesterday evening and this morning to mourn the loss of the two boys, placing flowers and messages by the school fence. Police said the driver was a local woman, but it was too early to say whether she had any relationship with the school.

Student Remas Shebhavalvem, 9, who is in Year 4, was visibly upset when she came out of the school.

Five students were hospitalised and the two boys died of "multiple traumas", police said. One distressed mother said she hadn't heard from her child and feared the worst.

"You've got mothers over there fainting, you've got paramedics dealing with all the mothers and everyone is just nervous that it's their child", Isaac Tayba told the Telegraph.

"Obviously they were crying, they were distressed, some were asking for their parents, that's a natural response in such a bad set of circumstances".

She was uninjured and her licence has been suspended.

'It is very, very hard because we are parents ourselves, we are human beings.

It is not yet been established whether or not she had any connection to the school.

New South Wales state Assistant Commissioner Stewart Smith said: "The vehicle continued inside the building and tragically we have had a number of young children injured as a result". Police are asking parents who wish to collect their children to go to the school's Boronia Rd entrance.

At least 18 children were assessed at the scene as well as one adult.