Aussie driver critically injured after kangaroo hit by another car hurled onto windscreen

SYDNEY (XINHUA) - A driver was seriously injured in a road accident after a kangaroo, which was hit by another car, was sent hurling onto the windscreen of his car, said police investigating the accident which happened near Lithgow city in Australia's New South Wales state.

A sedan had knocked into the kangaroo on a road late on Friday (June 29) and launched the marsupial onto the windscreen of the utility vehicle travelling on the other side, causing the driver of the utility vehicle to lose control and hit against the guard rails, police said on Saturday in a statement.

The 32-year-old man suffered serious head and facial injuries and was airlifted to hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

The 19-year-old man driving the sedan and two female passengers were not injured.

Friday's crash is the latest to involve driving injuries and kangaroo roadkill, with state ambulance services reporting more than 80 such cases so far this year.

The number is set to jump during the current winter, as the shorter days in the Southern Hemisphere will see animals, which are more active during sunrise and sunset, on the move during peak traffic periods, said local media.