Relatives have rushed to the bedsides of two sisters critically injured in a fiery crash on the NSW south coast after their parents died in a burning car.
One of the siblings, 28-year-old Jessica Falkholt, is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts and has had acting roles in Home and Away and other Australian drama series.
The head-on Boxing Day crash near Ulladulla left three people dead after a four-wheel-drive crossed the road and collided with a car carrying the Falkholt family, police believe.
Witnesses and police pulled Ms Falkholt and her sister Annabelle, 21, from the wreckage as the vehicles were engulfed in flames.
The remains of the 4WD’s driver and the husband and wife in the car were so badly burned it could take weeks to formally identify them, AAP understands.
The girls were airlifted to Liverpool and St George hospitals where they remain in critical conditions.
Police visited the family’s home in Ryde but, after finding no one at home, tracked down extended family members.
“Sadly those family members are travelling to the St George and Liverpool Hospitals to engage with their loved ones who are very much in a critical condition at this time,” Highway Patrol Chief Inspector Phil Brooks told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.
In a separate incident on Tuesday afternoon a 23-year-old woman fell from a four-wheel-drive north of Parkes.
The woman was treated at the scene by passing motorists before paramedics arrived.
She was taken to Peak Hill Hospital where she later died.
The crashes mean 21 people have died on the state’s roads since December 15, which marked the start of Operation Safe Arrival, the state’s Christmas and New Year road safety campaign.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said the deaths left police angry but not disheartened.
“We have gone from disappointed to being angry and that’s an understatement,” Mr Corboy said.
“It has actually strengthened our resolve and we will be putting in place more and more police officers from now until the end of the year.”