Couple killed in Coraki crash
WHAT might have been a beautiful spring afternoon fishing trip turned to tragedy when an elderly couple were killed after their car crashed near Coraki about 12.15pm yesterday.
Fishing gear and tackle was strewn 30 metres along the side of Casino-Coraki Road leading up to the crash site, about 2km north of Coraki. It is believed the man and woman were aged in their late seventies. Both died at the scene.
The couple had been travelling east on the Casino-Coraki Road in a blue and grey two-door Daihatsu Feroza 4WD.
John Dunne, who lives next door to the crash site, was one of the first on the scene.
“I heard a couple of loud bangs, but didn’t realise what it was until the neighbours called for help,” he said.
“My wife is an ICU nurse so we grabbed the first-aid kit and raced out, but we couldn’t do anything.
“They’d rolled four or five times and came to rest on the roof. They didn’t stand a chance really.”
Mr Dunne said he understood the driver died instantly and the passenger was unconscious.
“By the time the ambulance arrived about 10 minutes later the gentleman had died too,” he said.
Mr Dunne was dismissive of his efforts to help the couple, saying it was what anyone would do.
“In the end all I could do was take a couple of sheets out. It was a pretty sad situation,” he said.
“You never know really. Just 30 minutes earlier I was mowing up there on the ride-on.
“It was pretty lucky I had finished by then.”
At this stage it is unclear how the accident occurred.
Insp Bill McKenna, from Lismore police, said itappeared the vehicle lost control while negotiating a left-hand bend before hitting a series of concrete driveway culverts, causing the vehicle to roll a number of times before landing on its roof.
“The Crash Investigation Unit from Ballina is examining the circumstances of the accident and will prepare a report for the Coroner,” he said.
Lismore Police Rescue, the Woodburn SES, highwaypatrol police and the Ambulance Service attended the scene.
The road was closed to traffic while police investigated the crash.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched, but was recalled after ambulance officers determined that the driver and passenger had died.
Police urge anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.