GALLERY: Eight people, including a policeman, taken to hospital after chase tragedy at Millers Forest

A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.
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CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

CHASE TRAGEDY: A witness says police were chasing a car before it crashed into a station wagon at Millers Forest yesterday afternoon.

A blue Holden sedan and a grey Ford station wagon were involved in the crash at the intersection of Turners and Raymond Terrace roads at 12.45pm.

Eight people, including a police officer, were taken to hospital ­following the crash.

Police said a Westpac Rescue Helicopter took the four people from the Holden sedan to John Hunter Hospital for treatment of various injuries.

The male driver of the Ford and his female passenger were taken ­to Maitland Hospital in an ­ambulance.

A police officer was alsotaken to Maitland Hospital for ­observation.

The Mercury understands police were following the Holden along Turners Road and ­attempting to stop it at the time of the crash.

Nearby resident Noel Mexon said he saw the blue car, followed by a police vehicle, travel down Turners Road before the incident.

Mr Mexon said he did not see the crash occur but arrived at the scene when paramedics first attended.

He said he saw emergency crews work to free an elderly man and woman from the ­station wagon.

Mr Mexon said one of the men from the Holden was lying on the road and appeared to have been thrown from the vehicle.

He said it took emergency services about 90 minutes to free a female passenger from the Holden sedan.

“Turners Road is semi quiet but it’s a notorious spot for cars doing burnouts and other idiots,” he said.

Police issued a statement from their media office in Sydney after Central Hunter Superintendent Garry O’Dell received orders from regional commander Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy not to speak to reporters.

A Critical Incident Team will examine the incident, including the actions of police, and an independent officer will then review.

The Northern Region local area command will oversee the investigation.

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