Woman's miracle escape in horror collision

A BANORA Point woman cheated death in a horrific two-car smash on Tweed Valley Way near Tumbulgum yesterday afternoon.

The 34-year-old woman was trapped upside down in her badly mangled Holden Barina, which was almost unrecognisable as it lay crumpled on the road, after colliding with a white Mitsubishi Triton about 3.40pm.

Emergency personnel worked furiously to free the woman from her car.

Paramedics initially considered her condition critical and rushed her to the Tweed Hospital with a two-car police escort.

The woman was treated in hospital and amazingly was in a stable condition last night.

A 53-year-old Stokers Siding woman, who was driving the Mitsubishi Triton involved in the accident, was also being kept at the hospital overnight.

A police spokesman said that as the Barina was travelling north it crossed to the wrong side of the road and was hit by the south-bound Triton.

Tweed Valley Way was closed to traffic and cars were kept well back from the crash site due to fears of fire from petrol covering the road.

Police, along with ambulance, firefighters and rescue squad members, responded to the emergency.

Karen Sutherland and her children, Adam 16, Dani 13, and Erin 12, were right behind the accident.

Mrs Sutherland said she jumped out of her car and stopped traffic.

Police confirmed a third vehicle was involved in the crash and inquiries were continuing into its cause.

Tweed Valley Way has become notorious for horror road smashes in recent years.

Only metres away from yesterday's crash scene was a cross marking a past traffic fatality.

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