Posted October 05, 2018 07:15:04 A man, a woman and their two daughters were rescued from a submerged car with three others on Friday.
The trio were travelling along the Hume coast, about 200 kilometres east of the state capital Canberra, when the car flipped over and capsized, WA Police said.
The family was rescued and taken to hospital in Alice Springs, about 30 kilometres north of the capital, while the children were taken to a nearby community to be assessed, police said.
“The car flipped off the side of the road, it was flipped upside down, the children managed to get out,” Inspector Steve Taylor said.
Police said they believed the three people in the car were travelling at high speeds.
“At this point it appears the driver may have been distracted and failed to stop at the scene,” Inspector Taylor said, adding that police were treating the incident as a “divert vehicle crash”.
“At the time of the accident the driver was travelling at about 90 kilometres per hour.”
We don’t believe the vehicle was going to crash into any other vehicles on the road.
“The children were rescued but are now in a critical condition.”
It appears they were in the water for several hours and we do not know if the children have been rescued yet.
“The woman who was driving the car, who was not injured, told police she was driving from the CBD to the coast.
Police were treating her as a person of interest.
We do believe he was distracted by alcohol or drugs and drove away from the scene and may have hit a cyclist,” Inspector Thompson said.