Woman, 66, dies in crash
COMING home from a camping trip that may have been ruined by the dire weather turned into a tragedy for a mother and son involved in a fatal car crash at Broadwater yesterday.
Eskies, a sleeping bag and camping equipment were scattered across the side of the Evans Head-Broadwater Rd yesterday morning after a 4WD veered off the road and smashed into a tree.
The accident, which happened after a slight bend, left the sturdy-looking vehicle on its side and wrapped around the tree.
Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Mick Dempsey said the crash happened about five kilometres out of Evans Head.
"It was a single-car accident where a car left the road and collided with a tree," he said.
"One female passenger died at the scene."
The driver of the car, a 37-year-old man from Robina on the Gold Coast, was initially trapped in the car for 90 minutes.
SES, Rural Fire Service volunteers and police worked in the pouring rain to free the trapped man before pulling him out through the rear of the 4WD.
A NSW Ambulance spokesman said the man was transported to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
He said the patient sustained shoulder and arm injuries.
"There was major damage to the vehicle's cabin," she said.
The driver's 66-year-old mother, from England, was seated in the front passenger seat and died at the scene.
The road was closed for several hours as the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit attended the accident and examined the scene.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.