A WOMAN has died and six people, including five children, were injured after a head-on crash at Lovedale overnight.
The crash happened about 7.15pm on Saturday when a westbound Mazda6 sedan and a Ford Fiesta hatchback collided on Lovedale Road about 27km west of Maitland.
Police said the driver of the hatchback, a 41-year-old woman from Greta, suffered critical injuries and died on the way to hospital.
Three girls, aged 13, 9 and 7, travelling in the hatchback were taken to John Hunter Hospital with a range of injuries, not believed to be life-threatening.
The driver of the Mazda, a 25-year-old woman from Raymond Terrace, suffered serious leg injuries while her three-year-old son and five-year-old daughter, travelling in the back seat, escaped with minor injuries. They were also taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment.
Police attached to the Newcastle Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene and are continuing their inquiries.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.