Woman injured in bizarre accident

A WOMAN was struck by a car after she stopped to help at the scene of a freakish crash on Sexton Hill yesterday.

The woman was a passenger in a white Toyota Camry sedan being driven by her husband, which he had pulled over after witnessing another car collide with a semitrailer ahead of them about 4pm.

But they too became involved in the crash when that car, which had been jammed under the truck, suddenly spun out of control and hurtled towards them.

The car which originally crashed, a white Toyota Vienta station wagon, crashed head-on into the stationary Camry just after the%woman had stepped out of the passenger side.

She was knocked onto the road by her own car due to the impact of the Vienta crashing into it and was later transported to The Tweed Hospital.

She suffered obvious cuts to her face and remained conscious, but the extent of her injuries were not known late last night.

Her husband remained on the scene and spoke with police. The driver of the semitrailer, which contained a load of empty skip bins, said he had been travelling south on the Pacific Highway in the middle lane when the Vienta station wagon, occupied by an elderly couple from Kingscliff, attempted to overtake him.

The Vienta came from the left lane and clipped the front left panel of the semitrailer before it spun around and began travelling downhill, towards the oncoming traffic.

He said on its way downhill the Vienta again collided with the front of the semi and got stuck on the bullbar, with its engine still revving hard. The driver of the semi jumped out to assist the elderly couple and attempted to turn off their car, but the car suddenly broke free from the truck and proceeded toward oncoming traffic, where it crashed into the parked Camry.

The elderly couple in the Vienta were miraculously not injured in the collision.

Though visibly shaken, they declined being transported to hospital and remained on scene where they were interviewed by police and the woman driver was breath tested. The dramatic crash brought traffic on the notorious stretch of road to a standstill and then caused heavy delays for the next 45 minutes.

Police, firefighters from Tweed Heads station and three ambulances attended the scene.

Several passers-by stopped to help the injured woman before emergency crews arrived on the scene.

It was not until after 4.45pm that all vehicles involved had been removed from the roadway and the peak-hour traffic resumed as normal.

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