Murwillumbah couple cheat death
A YOUNG Murwillumbah couple had a lucky escape on Friday night after their ute crashed and flipped on the Pacific Highway.
The 16-year-old girl and 19-year-old man walked away from the overturned vehicle with only bruises after the crash at Chinderah.
The girl’s father, who did not want to be named, said he could only look at the mangled wreck for five seconds.
“They’re so lucky; I will never know how they walked away from that one,” he said. “It was pretty horrid.
“I was just shocked at how bad it looked. It was a real reality check.”
The incident occurred just south of the BP petrol station, opposite the RTA truck checking station in the northbound lane.
The ute came to a rest on its roof against trees on the nature strip in the centre of the road.
The pair had been fishing at Byron Bay that day and were returning home to Murwillumbah when they took a detour to the Chinderah McDonalds outlet.
A New South Wales Ambulance spokesman said both were treated for shock at the scene.
“On arrival the paramedics found no-one trapped, but the pair were suffering from shock with no noticeable injuries,” the spokesman said.
The pair were travelling northbound about 9pm when the incident occurred.
Both were transported to Tweed Hospital by ambulance but were discharged later that night.
“They’re black and blue but apart from that they’re alright,” the girl’s father said.