Car plunges down four-metre embankment into Tweed River

Car into the Tweed river past Murwillumbah Photo: John Gass / Daily News
Car into the Tweed river past Murwillumbah Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

A MOTORIST was counting his lucky stars after escaping a 4m vertical plunge into the Tweed River.

The Commodore had veered off the road and into the river as it was travelling on Kyogle Rd, south of Murwillumbah, late this afternoon.

It has lost control in dry conditions, mounted the kerb and made its way down an embankment approximately 4m in height.

The Tweed Fire Brigade and tow trucks were on the scene, and hazmat crews were containing a fuel and oil spill with containment booms.

Tweed Fire Brigade Senior Firefighter Gavin McDonald confirmed the crash at about 5pm and said the driver was standing with police on the side of the road near the accident.

"They (firefighters) were heading down to Murwillumbah, there's a car in the river," he said.

"No persons were trapped, the driver is waiting by the side of the road with police."

A police spokesperson also confirmed the accident.

"Everyone was out of the car," she said.

"There was no fatalities."

Undergrowth was squashed by the out-of-control car, and various vehicle parts were scattered along the embankment.

The car's bumper was left sitting near the kerb where the vehicle has lost control, and traffic was at a halt in both directions as the Commodore was lifted from the river and onto the back of a waiting tow truck.


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