Dashcam vision has captured the moment before a truck allegedly drove through a red light striking three teens.
A 16-year-old boy is fighting for his life and a girl, also 16, is in a serious condition after the collision. A third student involved in the incident is recovering at home.
Dashcam footage taken from the opposite side of the traffic lights on Wednesday morning shows the moment the students step off the kerb and begin crossing the road near Marryatville High School, east of Adelaide.
In the vision the traffic lights were red for at least four seconds before the truck rolled through the intersection.
Dashcam footage shows the moment before the crash. Picture: 7NEWSDashcam footage shows three students stepping into the crossing before the truck runs the red light. Picture: 7NEWS
Multiple students witnessed the shocking collision unfold before morning classes began.
“It’s an absolute tragedy,” Superintendent Narelle Kameniar said.
“Both have been taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for their injuries. There is a boy who is in a critical condition and a 16-year-old girl in a serious condition.
“It looks like the students were crossing the pedestrian crossing.”
Marryatville High School Principal John Tiver said on Wednesday afternoon a third student was also involved.
Paramedics at the scene. Picture: 7 NEWSThe truck driver has been charged following the crash at Marryatville. Picture: 7NEWS
“Two of the students remain in hospital, while the third is recovering at home,” he said.
“We have been in contact with the students’ families to offer our support and the thoughts of our entire school community are with them at this difficult time.
“The Department for Education is providing wellbeing support and counselling to students and staff, which will continue to be available in coming days for those who need it.”
The driver of the truck, a 60-year-old man, was arrested and charged with two counts of causing injury by dangerous driving.
The 16-year-old girl was taken to hospital in a serious condition and the 16-year-old boy in a critical condition. Picture: NewsWire / David MariuzSuperintendent Narelle Kameniar said other students witnessed the accident. NewsWire / David Mariuz
He was granted bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court in June.
Superintendent Kameniar said major crash investigation teams were on the scene and police would “see what happens”.
“The school is dealing with the other students who witnessed this and the whole school community, it’s obviously very distressing for them,” she said.
Kensington Road remains closed to all traffic between Portrush Road and Hackett Ave. Picture: NewsWire / David Mariuz
“There are certain things that will never leave a person’s mind and seeing something as horrendous as that this morning would certainly be one of those things.
“There were other children at the crossing … and other vehicles stopped (to assist).”
While Superintendent Kameniar said there were some tree branches near one of the traffic lights, she said three out of the four lights were “clearly visible”.
The truck driver has since been charged. Picture: NewsWire / David Mariuz
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