Driver critical after smash

A BYRON BAY man is fighting for his life in the Gold Coast Hospital after crashing into a parked bus in Byron Bay on Wednesday night.

Just before 9.20pm, the 28-year-old man was driving a Toyota Camry along Pacific Vista Drive when he lost control of his vehicle.

The crash occurred 30 metres north of Beachcomber Drive in a suburban 50km/h area.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command duty officer Acting Inspector Brad Stewart said the man’s vehicle slid sideways for 40 metres before crashing into two parked vehicles.

“The vehicle collided with a parked Toyota Hilux and then collided with the rear of a parked bus,” he said.

“The bus was pushed forward a number of metres.”

The driver was trapped in his vehicle for half an hour before VRA and NSW Fire and Rescue crews freed him.

The man sustained serious head, chest and internal injuries and was transported to the Gold Coast Hospital, where he remained in a serious condition yesterday.

A witness told The Northern Star her nephew was first on the scene and found the whole driver’s side of the car compressed.

When the rescue team arrived they had to cut the whole side of the car away to free the man.

“I can’t believe he’s alive,” she said.

Another nearby resident said the weather at the time of the crash was “atrocious”.

She said a nurse who lived in the street was able to help the man until ambulance crews arrived.

“He was unconscious the whole time,” she said.

Acting Insp Stewart said police would investigate if weather conditions and speed were factors in the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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