UPDATE: A SOUTH Tweed Towing truck driver who attended the car fire at Banora Point last week on Tuesday said police were aware of the foam mattress which caused the accident for at least an hour before a 17-year-old driver struck it.
The tow truck driver said he heard reports of the hazard on Barneys Pt bridge over a police scanner radio about 8.30pm.
However, a Tweed Byron LAC Police spokesperson told the Tweed Daily News the first recorded report of the mattress was about 9.15pm, when the car was already alight.
Initial report September 9, 2014: ABOUT 9.30pm a car burst into flames traveling north on Sexton Hill drive, just before the Terranora Rd turn off.
A young female driver reportedly drove over a foam mattress dumped on the Chinderah bridge.
Part of the mattress became stuck beneath her car and caught alight near the Banora Point nursing home.
A local resident said they saw the driver pull over, jump over the flames lapping from beneath her car, and run from the vehicle just before her sedan burst into flames.
Police and Fire services responded quickly to the scene.
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