Two hospitalised after crash
TWO men were rushed to hospital early yesterday after a head-on car crash at Tintenbar.
Just after 6am, emergency services were called to Tintenbar Rd, near the intersection with Fernleigh Rd, where a ute and a sedan had collided.
A 23-year-old Alstonville man, who was behind the wheel of the sedan, sustained multiple leg fractures and was trapped for more than an hour.
He was cut free by the Ballina SES squad.
"The 23-year-old was trapped by his legs. He had multiple leg fractures to both legs and feet," Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Bill McKenna said.
"He is lucky to be alive considering the impact."
Paramedics loaded the patient into an ambulance van before driving him up to the Pacific Hwy, which had been cleared for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to land.
He was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital where he remained in a stable condition yesterday.
Insp McKenna said the man underwent surgery yesterday.
The driver of the other car, a 59-year-old Lennox Head man, suffered chest pains, abrasions and bruising and was transported by road ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital.
Insp McKenna said the accident was being investigated by the Ballina Highway Patrol.
"At this point I cannot determine a cause," he said.
"Evidence at the scene would indicate one of the vehicles veered onto to the incorrect side of the road and collided head on with the other vehicle.
"Given the weather we have had, and we always repeat this message, (the message is) drive to the conditions. If the roadway is wet or it's raining, just slow down."
The road was closed for almost three hours while emergency crews worked to clean up the debris.