Driver survives smash

A MAN miraculously escaped serious injury when his car slid off the Pacific Highway and smashed into a pole in heavy rain at Chinderah yesterday.

Emergency crews used the 'jaws of life' to cut the 63-year-old driver from the wrecked car which had wrapped around a pole near the Tweed Valley Way exit about 10.24am DST.

He suffered only minor injuries and remained conscious as the Tweed District Rescue Squad (TDRS) pulled him from the white Holden Commodore.

The Rural Fire Service personnel were also on the spot to make sure the wreck didn't burst into flames.

Blood was splattered on the steering wheel from cuts to the man's head.

A New South Wales Ambulance spokesperson said the driver was also complaining of pain to his right collarbone as he was taken to the Tweed Hospital.

He was the only person in the car, which was lucky given that the passenger side of it was completely smashed in by the metal light pole.

The road was wet at the time of the accident, meaning that the car didn't leave skid marks for invest- igators.

The car appeared to have lost control as it took a slight right-hand bend. It left the road at speed and smashed into the pole, only metres from the bitumen.

After being cut from the wreck, the man was taken to hospital in a stable condition and a hospital spokesperson confirmed his condition remained the same in the afternoon.

TDRS spokesman Jamie Stoddart said it took 15 minutes to cut the man from the wreck.

“It could have been much worse, especially in the wet - people just have to drive to the conditions,” Mr Stoddart said.

Police are investigating the crash.

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