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One of two NSW fathers killed in Blue Mountains crash dedicated his life to road safety

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The victims of a five-car crash on a major New South Wales highway have been identified as two fathers.

Father-of-nine David Drozd, 49, and Jason McMahon, 42, were killed when a car driven by the latter crossed onto the wrong side of the Great Western Highway near Lithgow on Friday afternoon.

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The ute is believed to have first collided head-on with a westbound Toyota Hilux, which then crashed into a Hyundai Tuscan, causing it to leave the road with the four occupants trapped inside.

The Isuzu ute then collided with the Kia Carnival head-on, being driven by Drozd, as a Nissan Patrol with four occupants and a caravan in tow collided with McMahon’s trailer.

The six passengers of the Kia Carnival included a woman understood to be Drozd’s 41-year-old wife, and children aged between five and 15 — all of whom were injured and transported to Westmead Hospital.

“One child remains in a critical but stable condition, the four others are stable while the woman has since been released,” NSW Police said on Saturday morning.

A total of 15 people were injured, initially five reported as being critical, in the crash, including the 55-year-old male behind the wheel of the Hyundai Tuscan who was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital with multiple fractures.

He remains in a stable condition along with his two passengers who were also taken to hospital for treatment.

Jason McMahon was driving the Isuzu ute believed to have veered onto the wrong side of the Great Western Hwy on Friday. Credit: 7NEWS
David Drozd was driving his wife and five of his nine kids when he was killed behind the wheel of his Kia Carnival. Credit: 7NEWS

Tributes have been flowing for the fathers, who have been remembered by their families as role models.

Drozd was a traffic engineer, who had recently opened his own traffic engineering consultancy firm after spending 15 years at the Penrith Council, where he secured grants to improve safety on the state’s roads, including on the highway where he perished.

“David was such a loving husband and father,” one person shared in tribute on social media. “My heart is crying with his family.”

Drozd was also a valued member of the Christian community, according to one friend from the Central Mountains Baptist Church, who said on social media: “The family were on their way to attend the gender reveal of their first grandchild.”

Drozd has been remembered as a loving father and husband. Credit: 7NEWS

McMahon’s sister described feeling “utter disbelief” as she shared a heartbreaking tribute describing her brother as a “devoted father”.

“My incredible brother was not just a devoted father, but also a source of endless joy and laughter. His selflessness and love touched us all,” she said on social media.

“As we grieve the loss of this beautiful man, let’s remember the beautiful moments he shared with us all. Rest in peace, dear brother. Your memory will forever live in our hearts.”

McMahon was also remembered as a selfless man and a source of joy and laughter for those who knew him. Credit: 7NEWS

A GoFundMe made to support McMahon’s family with funeral costs said: “The McMahon family have lost a big role model in their life.”

Another GoFundMe in memory of Drozd has also been created “to assist his family in this very difficult time.”

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