Ambulance officers tend the passenger at the scene of the accident on Scenic Drive.
Ambulance officers tend the passenger at the scene of the accident on Scenic Drive. Blainey Woodham

Couple survive rollover

A 20-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after the 4WD she was a passenger in flipped and landed on its crushed roof on Scenic Drive at Bilambil Heights yesterday morning.

The driver, a 19-year-old man understood to have been on a P-plate licence, was even luckier.

He quickly escaped unscathed from the flattened flat-bed utility which was crushed to the bottom of the driver’s window.

His passenger was rescued about 20 minutes later by Tweed Volunteer Rescue Association members.

She is understood to have suffered suspected back and neck injuries and late yesterday was still being assessed at The Tweed Hospital.

Ambulance officers stabilised her before rescue volunteers removed her from the vehicle.

The driver of the light brown 1996 model Landrover 4WD utility lost control on one of the few straight stretches of the notoriously dangerous Scenic Drive about 9.15am.

He had been heading downhill near a new housing estate and had just negotiated curves which have been the scene of numerous accidents.

The ute clipped a power pole and flattened two roadside signs in the crash.

Police later called on council workers to come and check the safety of the pole.

Tweed police said they were called shortly after the accident and arrived at 9.30 to find the upturned ute with the woman still inside.

“The driver was very lucky. His side was completely crushed,” said a police spokesman.

The vehicle hit a power pole, then a concrete block wall and flattened a bus stop sign plus a speed limit sign before coming to rest on its roof.



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