Australian television actress Jessica Falkholt and her sister, Annabelle, are currently fighting for their lives after a highway car crash in New South Wales, Australia, that claimed the lives of both their parents.
Jessica, 29, played the role of Hope Morrison in the long-running and popular Australian TV series, “Home and Away” in 2016. She is also credited with roles in a number of major theatre plays as well as in “Underbelly: Badness,” another hit TV series.
— ABC Sydney (@abcsydney) December 27, 2017
The family was driving home from the suburb of Ryde in Sydney when they crashed head-on with another 50-year-old male driver as they were coming off Princes Highway, according to SBS News. The crash occurred about 10:45 a.m on Boxing day, the day after Christmas.
According to New South Wales Police, the crash took place near South Sussex Inlet Road and Bendalong.
The 50-year-old male driver, who has not been identified as of writing, was also killed upon impact.
“Sadly those family members are traveling to the St George and Liverpool Hospitals to engage with their loved ones who are very much in a critical condition at this time,” Highway Patrol Chief Inspector Phil Brooks said in a statement.
BENDALONG: 1 lane of the Princes Hwy is now open and stop/slow is in place near Bendalong Rd after a fatal crash. If you can avoid the area, continue to do so as traffic's very heavy and there are long delays. https://t.co/PP3WvtRTDh pic.twitter.com/npRYE95gHD
— Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) December 26, 2017
According to ABC, onlookers at the scene rushed to free the passengers. The cause of the crash stemmed from one vehicle being on the wrong side of the road.
Authorities blocked the highway at the time adding that people should “expect lengthy delays.” All lanes along the Princes Highway were later re-opened according to a tweet from Live Traffic NSW.
Confirmed: three killed in Princes Highway crash sth of Sussex Inlet + two women airlifted to hospital in a critical condition –
— NSW Police (@nswpolice) December 26, 2017
The two sisters were airlifted to separate Sydney hospitals—Jessica to St George Hospital and Annabelle to Liverpool Hospital. New South Wales police confirmed on Twitter that they are in critical condition.
“This Christmas and New Year period is meant to be a time of happiness and to spend time with family and sadly for many, this has resulted in tragedy,” Brooks said.
According to Jessica’s IMDB page, she starred in a film titled “Harmony” that was due to be released in 2018.
NSW Police said later in a Tuesday, Dec. 26, tweet that another seven people were killed in car crashes in the previous 24 hours.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy told SBS News that safety needs to always be on everyone’s minds.
“There is nothing worse for any police officer than to knock on a door to tell someone their loved one has died,” he said. “Many of these incidents are totally preventable if people would just slow down, rest and not be distracted during their trip.”
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