April showers prove a test for drivers
By Alex Easton
An elderly man was trapped for 40 minutes after being in a car crash while trying to do a U-turn across Ballina Road at Lismore yesterday.
The crash, in which only the 85-year-old man suffered minor injuries, was one of five across the region as cars skidded through a wet Northern Rivers morning.
Byron Bay police duty officer, Inspector Owen King, said two of the crashes happened independently near the bottom of the St Helena hill about 7.30am.
In one accident, a truck jackknifed after its brakes locked on the wet road. In the second, a man's car skidded over a five-metre embankment. The truck driver was unhurt and the man was treated by ambulance officers at the scene.
Then, about 9.30am, another car lost control on the Pacific Highway between Ban- galow and Newrybar, rolling on to its roof. The driver escaped with minor injuries.
At 8.30am, an Alstonville woman crashed in Rifle Range Road at Wollongbar. The woman, 20, spun off the road on a bend during heavy rain, crashing over an embankment and through a barbed wire fence, coming to rest in a cow paddock. The woman was flown to Lismore Base Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Dave Larkin said motorists needed to take more care while driving in the wet.
Police, fire and ambulance staff work to free an elderly man trapped in Lismore yesterday.