accident in Australia
Parents dead – children survive 55 hours in the outback
An Australian family’s car went off the road on Christmas Day, rolled over and landed on its roof. The parents died. Her children endured more than two days in the sweltering heat.
For father Jake D. (left) and mother Cindy B. any help came too late. The faces of the children in this photo have been covered with sunflowers to protect their privacy.
Three young children have survived more than two days in a car wreck after an accident in the sweltering outback of Australia. The drama made headlines across the country. A reporter from the 9News channel speaks of “three small miracles” given the harsh conditions in the Australian wilderness.
The family’s vehicle left a country road on Christmas Day, rolled over and landed on its roof. The wreck could hardly be seen from the road behind dense undergrowth, as reported by 9News.
Girl is said to have saved her brother
The children had to endure around 55 hours in the outback at temperatures of more than 30 degrees. Only then were they discovered by a relative who had been looking for the family.
The five-year-old girl reportedly saved her one-year-old brother by unbuckling his seat belt. For mother Cindy B.* († 25) and father Jake D.* († 28), however, any help came too late.
Brought to the hospital severely dehydrated
The children were taken to hospital, severely dehydrated. How they were able to survive in the extreme heat is just as unclear as the cause of the accident. A relative says: “No one knows what they went through.”
The accident happened near the place Kondinin, where the family lived. The community is located about 250 kilometers east of Perth, the capital of the state of Western Australia. (SDA/noo)
* Names known