Crash driver charged
A 19-YEAR-old Tweed Heads man has been charged with drink-driving after crashing his overcrowded vehicle on Tuesday night.
The driver allegedly returned a breath-test reading of 0.18, after he lost control of a Mitsubishi Magna sedan with five passengers in Tweed Heads West about 7.55pm.
The vehicle, heading northbound on Piggabeen Road, apparently swerved off the road and crashed into a parked white Volkswagen van about 200 metres south of Skyline Drive.
The van was unattended.
Initial reports suggested the Magna had rolled onto its roof, but police yesterday could not confirm this.
Passengers in the car, Chris Nichol and Thomas Johnson, told the Tweed Daily News they felt like a tyre had blown before the driver lost control.
An ambulance arrived at the scene and some of the passengers were treated by paramedics for minor injuries.
An ambulance spokesman yesterday said passengers had been transported to The Tweed Hospital, but he could not confirm how many were injured.
Tweed Police duty officer Inspector Jim Kain said the Magna contained six people when its front end collided with the rear of the van.
“Both vehicles received extensive damage,” Insp Kain said. “The 19-year-old driver has been charged with a drink-driving offence.”
Police are asking all Tweed drivers to slow down in the wet, after another crash in the area that same night.
About 9.15pm, two vehicles collided on the Pacific Highway at Sexton Hill.
Insp Kain said a white Hyundai Excel being driven by a 50-year-old Kingscliff woman turned onto the Pacific Highway at Laura Street, Banora Point.
He said the vehicle crashed into a white Toyota Landcruiser being driven by a 32-year-old Bogangar woman.
“Vehicle one approached the location from Laura Street,” he said.
“As the vehicle turned left, she collided with the rear offside of the second vehicle.
“It was raining at the time.”