THE mangled remains of a car involved in a single-vehicle accident at South Murwillumbah. The driver escaped with minor injuries after being cut from the vehicle.
THE mangled remains of a car involved in a single-vehicle accident at South Murwillumbah. The driver escaped with minor injuries after being cut from the vehicle. Felicia Kosegi

Kingscliff man escapes car crash

A 60-year-old Kingscliff man escaped with minor injuries after his car crashed into a power pole on Boxing Day.

The man was trapped in his car and had to be freed by emergency workers after the accident on Tweed Valley Way at South Murwillumbah.

“The driver was freed by firefighters and the Tweed District Rescue Squad,” Senior Constable Bruce Jones said yesterday.

The man was taken by ambulance to the Murwillumbah District Hospital with minor injuries. A North Coast Area Health Service spokesperson confirmed yesterday the man had been discharged.

Snr Cnst Jones said it appeared the steering on the man’s vehicle failed as he approached a bend on Tweed Valley Way at South Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads.

“The driver told police his steering failed and he was unable to control the vehicle,” Snr Cnst Jones said.

“He said his steering wheel started shaking just before the bend and before he could stop he was upon the power pole.”

The accident happened about 7am Saturday.

While the Kingscliff man escaped relatively unscathed, police confirmed they are getting frustrated with New South Wales drivers.

At the time of press, the state road toll was 13 following a fatality-free Christmas and Boxing Day.

However, Traffic Services Commander John Hartley said repeated police messages for motorists to obey road rules are still not getting through to many drivers.

“Far too many drivers still have a blatant disregard for the law and for human life,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“Almost 10,000 motorists have been caught speeding in the first nine days of the operation.

“There have also been 662 people caught drink driving which is down on last year but is still far too many.

“When you drink and get behind the wheel you put your life and the lives of others at risk, it’s that simple.”

NSW police have issued 9615 speeding infringements in the first nine days of the Christmas holiday period, up 948 over the same period last year.



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