Emergency service crews work to free an elderly Tweed Heads woman from her car.
Emergency service crews work to free an elderly Tweed Heads woman from her car. Blainey Woodham

Close call for women

A LADY waiting for a bus narrowly avoided death yesterday afternoon when a car ploughed through the bus stop, just metres from where she sat.

The unknown lady fled the scene, while a 70-year-old Tweed Heads driver was transported by ambulance to the Tweed Hospital with suspected neck injuries and whiplash.

Tweed Police Constable Andrew Cameron said it appeared the driver lost control of her vehicle when she turned out off Lloyd Street onto Minjungbal Drive at South Tweed.

“About 1pm she was conducting a left hand turn and for unknown reasons she has continued to turn left and mounted the curb at an unknown speed,” he said.

The car remarkably missed two poles, before it collided with the bus stop in front of Bob Jane T-Mart, continued along the footpath and stopped when it impacted head-on with a steel business post just outside Perry Homes.

Cnst Cameron said the unknown female in the bus stop was believed to be uninjured, but left prior to police arrival.

As part of their continuing investigations, Tweed Police would like to speak to the woman who was waiting at the bus stop.

Tweed Heads firefighters and Kingscliff paramedics took about 30 minutes to remove the woman from her car.

“She wasn’t trapped physically, just confined to the vehicle,” senior firefighter Peter Sutherland said.

“Ambulance officers took about 10 minutes to stabilise her and check her vitals.

“As a precaution we used a spinal board to remove her. Because it was a difficult area to move in we used hydraulic tools to take the back door and the B-pillar off.”

The Tweed District Rescue Squad also attended.



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