Double trouble in Uki rain
IT was all very puzzling!
Rescuers raced to two separate accidents within 200 metres of each other early yesterday morning near Uki but there was noone for them to rescue.
In fact, by the time emergency crews, police and ambulance arrived at the scenes, on the Kyogle Road, two kilometres past Uki, both vehicles had been abandoned.
According to witnesses, the first accident happened around 9.25am when the female driver of a white van clipped a safety rail and went crashing down a 30-metre bank.
Lee Smith of Doon Doon stopped to assist after being flagged down by a man on a motor scooter.
Mrs Smith said three young men from another car also stopped and raced down the bank to help the woman, who appeared talkative and lucid.
While they helped the woman out of the vehicle Mrs Smith went to call the police. But by the time they arrived the accident scene was deserted.
The mystery was solved a short time later when police discovered the men had taken the woman to the Murwillumbah Hospital.
She was treated for minor abrasions to the head.
The second accident happened shortly before police arrived at the scene of the first accident.
A car, apparently travelling too fast in the wet towards Uki, overturned on a bend.
A witness, Tony Snellgrove, said he then saw three men scramble out of the overturned car through its windows.
As the police patrol car pulled up the men raced off into the bush.
"They must have heard the cops behind them and panicked and freaked out," Mr Snellgrove said.
Police confirmed later that the car was unregistered and the driver and occupants unknown.
Meanwhile, Mrs Smith said the road was notorious for crashes, especially in wet conditions.
"The whole road is bad. There are gum trees dropping sap on to the road, there's dirt on the road and people drive very fast," she said.