Chaos across Tweed

POLICE were bracing themselves with a weekend of chaos on Tweed's roads.

And with wet weather, crashes and car fires marring the Easter period, they certainly got it.

Three young children managed to escape injury when the car they were travelling in collided with another vehicle in Tweed Heads South yesterday.

The crash, between a green Toyota Camry and a white Ford sedan, occurred at the Minjungbal Drive and Kirkwood Road intersection about 10.15am.

Travelling in the Camry was a couple from Shailer Park in Queensland and their three children, aged 12, nine and 15 months.

The woman, who was the front seat passenger, was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital.

Her husband, who was not injured, said she had been complaining of chest pains.

The three children, two boys and a baby girl, were checked out by paramedics but were not injured.

According to police, the driver of the Ford, which was travelling southbound, turned right into the path of the oncoming Camry.

The male driver from Jindalee, near Brisbane, was not injured in the crash.

Traffic experienced some delays following the crash as the woman was removed from her car and placed on a stretcher and firefighters assisted with cleaning glass and oil spills from the roadway.

On Saturday, a driver crashed his car into a tree at Point Danger about 6am.

One police officer at the scene said officers were investigating whether the man had done a “burnout” and lost control, as there were black tyre marks left on the roadway.

It is understood the driver of the Holden Commodore and his passenger were not injured, but no other details were available on the incident yesterday.

Another driver was lucky to escape from a fire that broke out in the engine bay of his car on Saturday.

Police said the Holden Commodore sedan was travelling south on the Pacific Highway at Sexton Hill when the car ran out of fuel.

The male driver, a 54-year-old Kingscliff man, walked to a nearby service station to get petrol.

After filling the car with fuel, the man attempted to start the engine, but heard a loud bang and then saw smoke coming from under the bonnet.

Firefighters from Tweed Heads were called to the scene and managed to put out the flames, but not before the car suffered extensive damage.

Tweed Heads fire crews also attended a car fire at Darlington Drive, Banora Point, about 2.35am yesterday.

They extinguished the fire, but police had no record of whether the car was stolen.

NSW Police are currently conducting a statewide traffic operation, Operation Tortoise, which sees drivers hit with double demerit points for all speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.

The operation will wrap up at midnight tonight, with final figures due to be released tomorrow.



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