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Children dead after car in Melbourne lake

April 8, 2015 6:31 pm

A Melbourne woman is under police guard in hospital after the car she was driving crashed into a lake, killing three children and leaving a fourth seriously injured.

The car plunged into Lake Gladman, a small waterway surrounded by parkland in a modern housing development in the city’s outer west, yesterday afternoon.

It sparked a frantic rescue effort, as passers-by and police tried to free the woman driver and her child passengers, all aged under six.

Despite lengthy attempts to resuscitate them, one child died at the lake, a second died in an ambulance and the third died in hospital.

The surviving child is in the Royal Children’s Hospital in a serious condition.
The woman is in a stable condition and under police guard in the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The almost-submerged car remained in the lake overnight and it is expected to be towed out today, once police have collected evidence that could help explain how the incident unfolded.