A Home and Away actress and her sister are ‘fighting for their lives’ after a car crash on Boxing Day, which killed three people – including both their parents.
28-year-old Jessica Falkholt and her 21-year-old sister, Annabelle, are in a critical condition after the head-on collision.
Their parents, 69-year-old Lars Falkholt and his wife Vivian, 60 died during the head-on collision, which happened on the Princes Highway at Mondayong, New South Wales south coast.
The two daughters were airlifted to hospital and are now both in a critical condition according to 9 News .
Falkholt played Hope Morrison on the Aussie soap in 2016, a role she played for 16 episodes and will appear in the upcoming Australian film Harmony.
Highway Patrol Chief Inspector Phil Brooks told reporters:
Sadly those family members are travelling to the St George and Liverpool Hospitals to engage with their loved ones who are very much in a critical condition at this time.
A man, reported to be travelling in a separate vehicle, also died in the ‘head-on’ collision.
Inspector David Cockram from Nowra Police Station praised the drivers who stopped to offer their help following the crash, writes ABC.
There were members of the public involved in trying to assist people in those cars and certainly involved in removing people from the cars and getting them some treatment — just a fantastic and heroic effort from those people.
All we can say is a great thank you to those people.
Inspector Cockram added emergency services responding to the scene were confronted with a challenging situation adding it was a ‘very heavy, a very serious collision’.
The crash has prompted New South Wales police to reissue a warning to drivers in the area about ‘fatigue and complacency’ on the roads, as the area’s fatality number this holiday has risen to 21.
Chief Inspector Phil Brooks continued:
More than half of these have involved single vehicle run-offs either into a tree or a telegraph pole — sadly killing that driver and/or their passenger — which is an indicator to us, fatigue is the most likely outcome in these very sad and tragic events this close to Christmas.
Today, for example, perfect driving conditions right throughout the New South Wales road network and drivers are taking these conditions for granted.
Our thoughts are with the families affected by this tragic incident.