A nine-year-old Singaporean boy was killed in a road crash in Australia on Monday.
He died instantly when his father allegedly lost control of their white multi-purpose vehicle along a freeway and crashed into a tree.
The horrific crash also injured five of the boy’s family members. According to Australian news reports, two of his siblings aged 12 and 15 suffered major head injuries and were air-lifted to the Royal Children Hospital in Melbourne.
The impact of the crash is believed to have sent clothing and other personal belongings flying out of the vehicle and landing on grass patches nearby.
The boy’s father, 47, was sent to Royal Melbourne hospital and is in serious condition, while his mother, 44, and another 13-year-old sibling were sent to the Northern Hospital and are in stable condition.
The family of six had been driving along the Hume Freeway towards Melbourne when the accident happened around 7 am local time.
Australian police said that the crash could have been “fatigue-related” and the driver appeared to have fallen asleep at the wheel.
“We don’t know for sure, but it appears they may not have been wearing seat-belts because several of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over,” acting-sergeant Paul Gordon from the Seymour Police told reporters.
A spokesman from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Yahoo that they are in contact with one of the injured victims and their relatives here in Singapore.
An officer from Singapore's High Commission in Canberra is also in Melbourne to provide assistance to the family.