Local man dead in horror smash
By RACHEL SCOLLAY
A POWERFUL V8 engine, a sweeping bend on a lonely road, a power pole ? these were the factors that contributed to the death of a 30-year-old Wollongbar man in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to police, the man's 2003 Ford Falcon XR8 hit the power pole in Teven Road with explosive force.
Lismore police duty officer Insp Tony Crandell said the force of the impact ripped the car in two.
Insp Crandell said the rear section of the car came to rest 20 metres from the power pole on the opposite side of the road.
The front portion travelled a further 30 metres down an embankment, coming to rest upside down in Emigrant Creek.
The accident occurred at 2.15am on Sunday, about 3kms north of the twin bridges.
Insp Crandell said it appeared the driver of the north-bound vehicle failed to negotiate a sweeping left-hand bend and crossed on to the wrong side of the road before hitting the pole.
The driver was trapped in the vehicle under water, and police efforts to rescue him a short time later were unsuccessful.
It is not known whether the driver was already dead when the car hit the water.
His body was taken to the Lismore Base Hospital, where a post mortem examination will be carried out.
Ballina police and specialist investigators with the Crash Investigation Unit are preparing a brief for the Coroner.
Police used a crane to salvage the wrecked vehicle on Sunday morning.
The man's death brought to three the NSW long weekend road toll.
A 41-year-old Queensland man died when his motorbike left the road and crashed down an embankment at Urbenville on Friday afternoon, and a 49-year-old man died in a head-on collision in Sydney's west on Friday afternoon.