Woman dies after car crashes into Tweed River

Emergency Services pull a car out of the Tweed River, east of Tumbulgum, after it plunged into the water on Sunday night. Photo: Liana Turner / Tweed Daily News
Emergency Services pull a car out of the Tweed River, east of Tumbulgum, after it plunged into the water on Sunday night. Photo: Liana Turner / Tweed Daily News Liana Turner

UPDATE: 3.25pm 

A WOMAN has died after the car she was in plunged off the road into the Tweed River on Sunday night. 

The woman, 57, was a passenger in the car when it crashed shortly after 10pm Sunday.

On Wednesday afternoon, emergency services pulled the car from the river, about 400m east of Tumbulgum.

The woman, who was pulled from the car by the 51-year-old male driver, was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

She was pronounced deceased just after 11.30am (Qld time) on Tuesday. 

Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit were at the scene on Wednesday. 

Any witnesses to the accident who have not yet contacted police are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Initial report: 

EMERGENCY Services have removed a car from the Tweed River, after it plunged into the water late Sunday night. 

Police and Fire and Rescue personnel were on the scene about 1pm today to supervise the removal of the submerged vehicle, which plunged into the river on Tweed Valley Way, about 400m east of Tumbulgum.

The Mazda coupe emerged upside down as it was lifted slowly out of the water by a crane.

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokeswoman said the HAZMAT crew from Tweed Heads was still on scene at 1.45pm. 

"There was a slight spill in the river which we have rendered safe," she said.

She said some fuel had also spilled on the road and crews were tending to that hazard. 

A 51-year-old male driver managed to escape from the car as it crashed into the water about 10.15pm on Sunday before pulling his 57-year-old female passenger out of the vehicle.

The woman was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Police have been approached for comment. 

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