Witnesses sought after serious crash
POLICE are urging any witnesses to Monday morning's Maclean crash to come forward as their investigations are continuing.
About 9.35am on Monday 16 October 2017, a 53-year-old woman was driving her Holden sedan south along River Street at Maclean.
Police say the vehicle appears to have crossed to the wrong side of the road, mounted the footpath and struck a pedestrian who was standing on the footpath and the building behind her.
Bystanders assisted the 81-year woman who was struck by the car and the driver who appeared to be suffering a medical episode.
The pedestrian was airlifted to Lismore Hospital with a partially severed foot and will undergo surgery for multiple fractures to her leg and pelvis.
The driver was taken to Maclean Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests. She will also undergo CT scans. Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene. River Street was closed whilst the police operation was underway.
The business on River Street was closed by engineers after they inspected the structural integrity of the building. Crash Investigation Police have commenced their inquiries into the cause of the crash and have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward.
MONDAY 4PM: Two women have had lucky escapes after a car mounted the steps of the Commonwealth Bank in River St Maclean this morning.
Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Jo Reid said an 81-year-old lady was struck and momentarily pinned when the driver of a Holden Astra, a woman in her 50s, suffered a suspected medical episode while behind the wheel and lost control of the vehicle.
"The 81-year-old lady was about to go into the bank when she was struck by the vehicle," she said.
"Ambulance services attended and stabilised both women involved. The 81-year-old was airlifted by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, and she had a fairly severe laceration to her foot.
"She was incredibly lucky, considering if she was one step lower she would have been completely collected by the car."
Insp Reid said the driver of the Holden Astra was transported to Maclean District Hospital.
The Commonwealth Bank was closed for some time, with the building suffering substantial structural damage.
"It was quite a close escape for both involved, because you really fear the worse when vehicles mount the footpath," Insp Reid said.
EARLIER: Emergency services have responded to an incident in Maclean where a car has apparently ran off the road and crashed into the Commonwealth Bank in River St.
Unconfirmed reports indicate a woman is currently pinned under the car.
Witnesses at the scene say the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has been tasked to the incident.