Man escapes out-of-control car
A SIMPLE smoke break turned into high drama for John Asby yesterday after a car came off the road at Tweed Heads South and went through a tree and fence before coming to a stop in front of him.
The Tweed Heads South Family Centre manager watched as the Ford Falcon, taking the Tweed Heads South exit of the Pacific Highway, collided with a tree and ran through a fence before crossing into the Rivendell Estate car park about 1.30pm.
“I just saw the tree coming down, it just snapped like a twig,” Mr Asby said.
“Then the car came up the ditch and through the fence before missing another tree. It all happened so fast.”
The car then went through a plastic furniture set, a bike rail and scraped two cars, one belonging to Mr Asby, before it came to a stop. The driver, a 57-year-old female Banora Point resident, was taken to Tweed Hospital by ambulance. She was in a stable condition yesterday afternoon.
“Some people like to sit on that furniture and have lunch whenever we have a group on,” Mr Asby said.
“We’re lucky we didn’t have anything on today, it could have been a lot worse.”
Mr Asby checked the driver’s condition and turned off the ignition.
He said the car was leaking oil and had smoke coming from the engine.
The incident occurred in the carpark shared by the Tweed Daily News and the Family Centre. Centre receptionist Danielle Simpson said the crash made a tremendous noise. “We all just looked at each other and ran outside,” Ms Simpson said. “I had stood right where the accident happened that morning.”