A mother and three children have died in a single-vehicle crash in the Riverina region of New South Wales.
About 11.15pm on Tuesday, emergency services responded to reports a car had crashed into a pole and down an embankment into a water channel on its roof near Leeton, about 550km west of Sydney.
A 36-year-old woman and three boys, aged 10, 11 and 12, died at the scene. Investigators believe they were related.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Research Road and Toorak Road in Yanco, about 7km from Leeton.
The car will be removed from the embankment today as investigations continue.
The fatal crash comes as police warn drivers against driving while fatigued or under the influence over the Easter weekend.
“The message is simple: drive to the speed limit, focus on the road, not your phone, and make sure you have a plan B if you are drinking,” Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Tracy Chapman said.
“For the last two years, we’ve seen seven fatalities on the road each Easter long weekend.
“The goal this year is to reduce that number.”
The crash takes the road toll in NSW this year to 83.