LATEST: Driver remains critical after crash
A 19-year-old man remains in a critical condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital after being involved in a collision north of Grafton, NSW.
On Tuesday afternoon, emergency services were called to the scene of a single-vehicle collision that unfolded near a sharp bend on Pringles Way, approximately 14km north-east of Lawrence.
It's understood the silver utility left the road and collided with a tree.
"The driver was subsequently trapped due to that impact," Coffs-Clarence Police Sergeant Darren Williams told the Daily Examiner Tuesday evening.
The driver and sole occupant was trapped for a number of hours before he was released and airlifted via Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition with significant leg injuries.
With tight bends, hidden crests and wildlife darting across the road, Pringles Way can be a hazardous drive.
On February 14, 2020, a truck carrying soil lost control at the sharp, winding intersection of Pringles Way and Ryries Rd, rolling the vehicle.
In July 2018, a motorist travelling east along Pringles Way happened upon an overturned vehicle with a woman waving for help from inside.
A 57-year-old motorcyclist came to grief in November 2016 when he was thrown from his vehicle, hitting a barbed wire fence, and landing down an embankment. The man was flown to Lismore Base Hospital.
Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District have commenced inquiries into the circumstances surrounding Tuesday's crash.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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