Three crashes bad start to season
IT was a bad start to the Christmas holiday period, with three separate crashes on the Tweed.
Tweed Heads Police attended three incidents, including a roll-over, on Tuesday night and a two-car pile-up yesterday morning.
A 23-year-old Gold Coast man was taken by ambulance to The Tweed Hospital after his Hyundai sedan rolled and stopped on its roof.
Sergeant Stuart Crawford of Tweed Heads Police said the incident occurred about 2am yesterday morning on the Pacific Highway, one kilometre south of the Tweed Valley Way turn-off.
“The vehicle was travelling north on the Pacific Highway when the 23-year-old male driver appears to have lost control,” Sgt Crawford said.
“The cause of the accident is unknown. Police attended and found the vehicle on its roof still on the highway.”
Sgt Crawford said further investigations were under way.
The Tweed District Rescue Squad responded to the rollover with four vehicles, squad president Jamie Stoddart said.
“When we arrived on the scene the patient was partly ejected out of the car but wasn’t trapped by confinement or compression,” Mr Stoddart said.
“We stabilised the vehicle and assisted ambulance officers with extrication of the patient, which took about 25 minutes.”
Just three hours earlier, Tweed police attended a two-car collision on Kennedy Drive at Tweed Heads West, Sergeant Mark Garner said.
“About 11pm last (Tuesday) night the offending car was driving east along Kennedy Drive at 50 kilometres per hour,” he said.
“For unknown reasons the vehicle collided into the rear of a legally parked car.”
Sgt Garner said both cars had one occupant.
“The parked vehicle had a male in the driver’s seat who was taken to The Tweed Hospital for observations and later released.
“The driver of the offending car, a 31-year-old man from Tweed Heads South, was issued a traffic infringement notice for negligent driving,” Sgt Garner said.
The North Coast Area Health Service was unable to comment on the condition of any of those injured in the accidents.
Tweed Byron Highway Patrol acting Sergeant Justin Lavin said the incidents were a bad start to their busiest time of the year, the Christmas holiday period.
“People need to stop drinking and driving, slow down and drive to suit conditions,” Sgt Lavin said.
“We’re going to have extra police and patrols with police coming up from Sydney.
“There’s not much chance of not getting caught.”
Tweed police also responded to an incident where a car hit a dog. The vehicle, a white Toyota sedan, was towed to South Tweed Auto Smash Repairs with front-end damage.
Police appeal to anybody with information regarding any of these incidents to contact the Tweed Heads Police Station on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.