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Child and driver critical after a multi vehicle crash at Whittingham; New England Highway is closed in both directions

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A child and a woman are in a critical condition and the New England Highway at Whittingham is closed after a multi vehicle crash this morning. 

Emergency services were called to the highway 500 metres north the Range Road intersection, 3 kilometres south of Singleton just after 11:15am following reports of a head-on crash between a car and a 4WD.

Two rescue helicopters are on their way to the scene and 11 NSW Ambulance paramedics are on the scene.

The female driver of the car and a child passenger are in a critical condition and are being treated at the scene.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has transported a 6 year-old-boy to John Hunter Hospital suffering multiple injuries and he is in a serious condition.

Two other children are also being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The male driver and sole occupant of the 4WD has been taken to John Hunter Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

There are significant traffic delays in the area, heavy vehicles are being urged to seek an alternate route. 

The diversions are:
- Northbound diversion via Golden Highway (Mitchell Line of Road, Putty Road, Jerrys Plain Road), Denman Road to Muswellbrook
- Southbound via New England Highway, Livingston Road to Golden Highway
At Singleton the Dunnolly Bridge has a 3 tonne load limit and is not suitable for B-Doubles

The highway will be closed until further notice.

Image credit: NBN News, Lauren Kemp