Passengers flee crash scene
TWO passengers abandoned their driver after a single-vehicle accident on the Bruxner Highway near Lindendale Road, just before 3pm yesterday.
The car, a white, mid-90s Commodore with green P-plates, crossed into the wrong lane as it travelled west and struck a massive Moreton Bay fig tree.
It rolled and came to a rest in the middle of the road, straddling both lanes.
The driver, a man in his 20s, was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for tests.
A hospital spokeswoman later said he was in a satisfactory condition and would probably not be kept overnight.
A police officer at the scene said the man’s two passengers had ‘just walked off’ after the accident.
He said police had a number of questions, such as how fast the car was travelling and why the two passengers might have left the scene.
They have also yet to establish why the car swerved across the road.
Meanwhile, a late-model Commodore stolen earlier from the Lismore Base Hospital was destroyed by fire after being dumped in parkland off Rugby Road, near the Lismore Rugby Club, shortly after 10am.
The car was hidden behind bushes and police suspect it had been deliberately torched.
Fire crews forced open the boot, saying they needed to check if there was anybody inside.
People who arrived early on the scene said they didn’t see anyone associated with the fire. One man said he had run to get a fire extinguisher, but when he returned with it the car was ablaze and two fire trucks were coming down the road.
Another man said the spot always had people ‘hanging out’ and sleeping there because it was behind the bushes and the police didn’t move them on. The bushes needed to be trimmed so the area wasn’t so ‘hidden’, he said.
He said there had been complaints from nearby residents and from the caravan park, but nothing had been done.