Horror on the highway
THE Pacific Highway was a scene of chaos yesterday morning when emergency crews were called to two horrific incidents just kilometres apart.
About 9.10am, a man was hit and killed when he apparently stepped into the path of an oncoming truck at Tweed Heads South.
Just moments later, a car swerved off the roadway and flipped on to its roof at Chinderah, a few kilometres south of the truck incident.
Both occurred in the northbound lanes of the highway and caused headaches for passing motorists when traffic was reduced to a crawl.
Ambulance crews were left scratching their heads when an elderly driver miraculously avoided serious injury after his car left the highway and rolled on its roof near the RTA truck stop at Chinderah.
The 79-year-old was travelling with a little white dog in a white sedan when the car crashed, coming to rest on its roof on the median strip.
An ambulance spokesman said crews were called at about 9.15am and arrived at the scene about 9.25am.
He said the driver, a Nambucca Heads man, suffered a small laceration to his knee but no serious injuries.
“He appeared to be in remarkably good shape, considering,” the spokesman said.
“He was sitting inside the car on its roof and talking to people.”
The man was removed from the car and placed on a stretcher before being taken to The Tweed Hospital, where he was treated and then released.
It is understood his dog, which was not injured, tried to bite emergency crews as they tended to the driver.
Firefighters from Tweed Heads, Kingscliff and Cudgen, Tweed District Rescue Squad and police also attended the scene.
The cause of the crash remains unknown.
Meanwhile, further north on the highway, police desperately tried to find the identity of the man hit by a semitrailer at Tweed Heads South.