Yorklea driver dies in crash during storm

By HANNAH ROSS

A CAR accident on Wyan Road near Rappville on Saturday evening claimed the life of Yorklea local Clifton Holmes.

The accident happened soon after 4pm on a bend in the quiet country road, just as violent rain and lightning were hitting the area.

Clifton was driving the car, which failed to negotiate the corner and slammed into a power pole.

The 22-year-old died at the scene.

The front seat passenger, an 18-year-old Casino man, suffered serious head injuries in the accident. It took State Emergency Service volunteers close to an hour to get him out of the car.

He was airlifted by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital. At about midnight on Saturday he was transferred to the Gold Coast Hospital, where last night he remained in a critical condition.

A 19-year-old who was a passenger in the back seat of the car was treated at Lismore Base Hospital for minor injuries.

It is believed the accident happened as Clifton and his passengers were travelling home after the end of their shift at the%Richards Milling Company in Wyan.

A Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew member said the helicopter battled storms to make it out to the accident site, about 20 minutes by road south-west of Casino.

Clifton was the second oldest in a family of six children, including four brothers and a sister.



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