Head-on horror closes coast road

AN 18-YEAR-old driver was trapped in his car for almost half an hour before being taken to hospital following a horror head-on smash on the Tweed Coast Road on Saturday.

The local man, who was driving a white Toyota Corolla, and a 58-year-old Queensland man in a Mazda sedan were both transported to hospital following the dramatic crash, which occurred about 10.45am. The collision happened about 400m south of the Chinderah Golf Course and caused extensive damage to the front end of both vehicles.

Ambulance officers from Tweed Heads were first to arrive on the scene, with police, firefighters and Tweed Rescue also attending.

The road was closed to traffic in both directions for about an hour while Tweed Rescue worked to free the trapped 18-year-old using their hydraulic equipment.

A Tweed Rescue spokesman said the man was trapped for about 25 minutes.

Both cars were later removed from the roadway by tow truck.

The drivers were conveyed to The Tweed Hospital by ambulance, both with non-life threatening injuries.

A spokeswoman for the NSW Ambulance Service said the Mazda driver suffered chest and leg injuries, while the man who was driving the Toyota suffered injuries to his pelvis, which she said may have included a fracture.

Authorities could not say whether any passengers were involved in the collision.

A North Coast Area Health spokesman said the 18-year-old was transported by road ambulance to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane on Saturday afternoon, while the 58-year-old man was treated at The Tweed Hospital and discharged.

Police talked to witnesses but were yesterday still waiting to speak with both drivers.

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