Three people have died in a head-on collision between two SUVs in the Armidale area, with a woman in critical condition.
A two year-old child was also involved in the crash, and was taken to hospital with the older woman.
Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 6.50pm.
The cars, a black Holden SUV and a silver Mazda SUV, were found at the scene, the crash having killed both drivers and one passenger.
One car had driven to the other side of the road, although which car is still under investigation.
The driver of the Holden SUV was a 27 year-old man, his passenger a woman of the same age.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Mazda SUV was a 41 year-old man, and his 34 year-old passenger was found alive by paramedics and taken to Armidale Hospital.
Traffic and Highway Patrol South West Sector Commander, Acting Superintendent Gregory Donaldson, said that the two year-old who was involved is also undergoing treatment.
“The two year-old that was involved in that crash – a back seat passenger in one of the cars – was taken to hospital,” he said.
“At the moment, still being assessed and treated by medical professionals at the hospital. But our thoughts and prayers are with that person, and with the nurses and doctors that are taking care of them, and we hope for a positive outcome.”
The Armidale Unit of the NSW State Emergency Service attended the scene, and took to social media to warn of road closures.
“Our road crash rescue team is currently attending a serious incident on the New England Highway north of Armidale. The Highway will be closed for some time, please avoid the area,” they wrote.
A crime scene is established at the location, and a report to the coroner is being prepared.
Police have asked those who have seen the crime, have dashcam footage or have any relevant information, to come forward.
Mr Donaldson said that traumatic car incident’s affect “a whole community”, and called for personal accountability on the roads.
“I don’t know what caused that crash yet, but over the last 36 years, every crash that I’ve been to, somebody’s done something wrong,” he said.
“Someone’s made a poor choice that’s resulted in tragedy on our roads.”
Originally published as Car crash in Armidale NSW kills three people, puts fourth in critical condition