A Woodburn man is attended to by locals, passers-by and paramedics after being hit by a car on the Pacific Highway at Woodburn yesterday.
A Woodburn man is attended to by locals, passers-by and paramedics after being hit by a car on the Pacific Highway at Woodburn yesterday. Samantha Elley

Trailer crash – man in hospital

A WOODBURN man was knocked unconscious after walking into the path of a trailer being towed by a car in the town's main street yesterday.

The 57-year-old man was crossing River St, near the Woodburn Bridge turn-off about 2.30pm when he was hit.

It is believed the man clipped a trailer that was being towed by the car.

Witnesses reported seeing the man thrown into the air before landing on his back on the road.

The busy street is the Pacific Highway but is a 50 km/h zone.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said the man sustained a head injury and a back injury and was rushed to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious condition.

Christine and Josh Donnelly of the Central Coast were on their way to holiday on the Gold Coast yesterday when they saw a man attempting to cross the road near the Woodburn CWA Hall.

"He almost came out in front of us as he was trying to cross the road," Mr Donnelly said

"We were two cars ahead when he got hit."

Mrs Donnelly said she saw the whole incident.

"I saw him up in the air," she said. "He mustn't have seen the trailer on a car and walked straight into it."

The Donnellys stopped to help the man who lay motionless on the road.

Locals rallied to divert traffic and provided towels and an umbrella to keep the sun off the injured man until an ambulance arrived from Evans Head.

Cars and trucks were banked up through the main street of Woodburn as police managed traffic.

As we went to press last night, no further details from the police were available.



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