Escape amazes rescuers
IT COULD only be described as a miracle after a driver and two young passengers walked away with minor injuries from a car which rolled on Blue Knob Road on Thursday. According to police, the male driver lost control of his red Tarago near the intersection of Salkeld Road while driving towards Nimbin.
The vehicle flipped on the road and rolled a number of times in a field before hitting a tree. The car stopped rolling in an upright position, allowing all three passengers to escape the vehicle. The driver and one young male passenger were taken to Lismore Base Hospital for observation, while a five-year-old girl, who was allegedly wearing an adult seatbelt, was flung around in her seat during the crash.
She was not thrown from the car as emergency services believed before reaching the accident. Although airlifted to hospital with suspected spinal and abdominal injuries, she was discharged yesterday. Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter pilot Tony Birmingham, who flew to the scene soon after the accident, said the terrain surrounding the crash site made it difficult to land. Mr Birmingham said the ambulance was already treating the three passengers when the helicopter arrived at 11am. "They were extremely lucky to walk away from that crash," he said.