Driver Charged After Horror School Crash In Sydney's West
Extra counsellors will be on duty at a Sydney school as students return following a horrific car crash that claimed the lives of two young boys.
A vigil was held on Tuesday evening as the school community struggled to come to terms with the tragedy.
The school will be open on Wednesday with support from counsellors for any student who wishes to attend, staff said on the school's Facebook page.
The 52-year-old woman driver has reportedly asked for forgiveness. Police do not believe it was an intentional act.
Her lawyer has told the Daily Telegraph she was "deeply sorry for the loss and hurt suffered by the children, the school, the families and the community".
The boys, both aged eight, were killed when a Toyota Kluger smashed through a weatherboard building at Banksia Road Primary School in Greenacre on Tuesday morning.
A class of year three students was inside and onlookers rushed to help when two of the 24 students were pinned under the wreckage.
Khaled Arnaout, who helped two nearby tradesman lift the car off one of the boys, described how the other boy was laying nearby with a large gash on his head.
"He was saying 'I want my mum'. She wouldn't have got to see him before he died," he said.
Year 4 student Mariam Issmail was in a nearby classroom when the SUV ploughed into the school.
"(Students) were screaming, saying they wanted their mum, I want help," she said.
Authorities described the scene as carnage as paramedics and police responded and parents rushed to the site.
Five students were hospitalised and the two boys died of "multiple traumas", police said.
The driver has been charged with two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and one count of negligent driving occasioning death.
Her licence was suspended and she was granted conditional bail ahead of an appearance at Bankstown Local Court on November 29.