Plunge off Scenic Drive
A 29-YEAR-old man is lucky to be alive after his car left the road and rolled several times down an embankment at Bilambil.
It is believed the driver lost control on the winding Scenic Drive in yesterday morning’s wet weather.
The Tweed District Rescue Squad and Tweed Heads Fire Brigade worked for about 30 minutes to cut the man free of his damaged car.
“The car has rolled a few times and the roof was crushed and had to be cut off,” Tweed Fire Brigade station officer Leo Ayoub said.
“One person was trapped and had to be cut out.
“All the services worked in well with what was a difficult extrication.”
Mr Ayoub said the four-wheel-drive vehicle landed on its side against some trees and had to be stabilised before crews could start to free the driver.
“We used a ladder slide to get the man out because of the steep drop,” Mr Ayoub said.
“They can be used for completely vertical rescues.”
Tweed District Rescue Squad captain Jamie Stoddard said the man was secured in a basket-style stretcher before firefighters and volunteers pulled him up the ladder slide.
“The rigging system uses a number of pulleys,” Mr Stoddard said.
“It was quite a difficult extrication the way the car bent in the centre.
“He was lucky to walk out with minimal injuries.”
The man was transported to The Tweed Hospital by the Tweed Ambulance Service.
Tweed Heads Police Senior Constable Alan Hogg said it appeared the driver lost control in the wet weather about 11.30am.
“In the wet, when it hasn’t rained in a while, it’s always pretty nasty up there,” he said.
“People have to take it a little easier.
“It’s a very windy section.”
The incident occurred near the top of Scenic Drive, about 50 metres past Mount Bilinga Circuit.
Snr Cnst Hogg said the car would have to be craned out.
Tweed Heads Police are still making enquiries.
A North Coast Area Health spokesperson yesterday afternoon said the man was in a satisfactory condition in The Tweed Hospital’s emergency department.