Manhunt continues for driver, passenger after two boys killed in crash

Police are continuing the hunt today for two men who were captured on CCTV leaving the wreckage of a deadly car crash in south-west Sydney.

Emergency services were called to the crash at Maxwells Avenue in Ashcroft about 11.50am yesterday after the car slammed into a tree and power pole, killing two boys believed to be aged between 10 and 15. 

The graphic vision, which has chosen not to show in full, shows two men, one dressed in a dark hoodie and the other in hi-vis, clambering out from the carnage while the body of one boy lies lifeless on the driveway of a property. 

Police search for driver and front passengers of Ashcroft double fatal
A search is under way for two men who fled the scene of a deadly crash in south-west Sydney this morning. (Nine)
The vision shows two men, one dressed in a dark hoodie and the other in hi-vis, clamber out from the carnage while the body of one boy lies on the driveway of a property. (Supplied)

One of the men attempts to move the body before he and the other man disappear out of frame.

A dirt bike rider, believed to have been trailing the car, is also filmed circling the crash scene before riding off.

Police said there is “a concerted effort” underway to locate the missing men.

Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden from NSW Police said the vehicle had been travelling “well above” the 50km/h speed limit before the crash.

Two boys are dead following a horror crash in Ashcroft in Sydney's south-west this morning.
The boys were killed when the car was ripped in two after hitting a pole and a tree. (Nine)
Responding officers were told a grey sedan collided with a tree and a power pole before two people allegedly exited the vehicle and fled the scene. (Nine)

“The vehicle has lost control, has impacted with a telegraph pole, causing the Falcon to be separated in half,” McFadden said.

“Quite dramatically. Unfortunately, we believe that two males seated in the rear of the vehicle, aged between 10 and 15, were ejected from the vehicle and are deceased.

One witness told 9News she ran out from her house when she heard a loud crash sound.

“I came out, I go and say ‘Oh my God, the car cut in half’,” she said.

Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden speaks at the Ashcroft double fatal.
Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden confirmed two boys, aged between 10 and 15, died at the scene. (Nine)

Another neighbour described the incident as “another tragedy that shouldn’t have happened”.

“Simple as that,” he added.

McFadden said a wide-scale search was under way to locate those involved in the fatal crash. 

“There’s now a concerted effort with combined resources from our commands supported by our aviation branch and the dog squad to identify and locate the driver and the front seat passenger,” he said.

Police yesterday cordoned off a residential street while officers have been seen scouring nearby scrubland with the assistance of sniffer dogs.

It’s understood police may also be looking for the rider of a dirt bike who was seen trailing the vehicle.

“We’re looking for that driver to present himself so we can speak with him,” McFadden said.

“We don’t know what role if any he has played in the crash. It’s an active line of investigation.”

Ashcroft double fatal crash
Police cordorned off the suburban street. (Nine)
Two dead in horror crash in Sydney's south-west.
Officers were seen scouring nearby scrubland with the assistance of sniffer dogs. (Nine)

McFadden said the investigation was in its early stages but there was no indication the sedan was stolen. 

“Just seeing the scene from the side of the road looking at the absolute destruction that’s taken place to this vehicle,” he said.

“And the loss of two young lives being ejected from that vehicle, anyone who would have witnessed that crash will no doubt be traumatised by it.”

A crime scene has been established, which has been examined by specialist officers from the Crash Investigation Unit.

No other injuries have been reported at this time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

9News Sydney