Eureka's nightmare rescue
The single-car accident happened between Federal and Lismore in slippery conditions during heavy rainfall about 10am.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene and made a challenging journey to the site.
Pilot Lynton Beggs said low cloud made it hard to navigate the chopper.
“Between the base and the coast the clouds were low-lying so we had to fly 50 to 100 feet above the treetops to see the ground,” he said.
“It was difficult, but we went slow and we landed right alongside the accident in a paddock.”
The woman was alone and trapped in the car which crashed into a tree.
The Brunswick Valley and District Volunteer Rescue Association used the jaws of life to free her and she was treated by helicopter paramedics before being transported by helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital about 11.15am in a critical condition.
Scans revealed the nature of her injuries would need further treatment on the Gold Coast, where she was taken by ambulance.
The rescue helicopter could not fly there because of continuing bad weather.