One of the cars involved in a smash near Tumbulgum this morning.
One of the cars involved in a smash near Tumbulgum this morning.

Two injured as vehicles collide

AN 82-year-old woman was trapped in her Ford Laser for half an hour after a crash on Tweed Valley Way yesterday morning.

Two cars involved in the 8.20am Tumbulgum collision were mangled, but the drivers involved managed to escape without serious injury.

According to Tweed Heads Police Station duty officer Inspector Darren Steel, the woman turned right out of Riverside Drive and collided with a westbound Nissan Skyline driven by an 18-year-old Uki man.

“As a result of the collision, both persons received minor injuries,” Insp Steel said. “They were conveyed by ambulance to The Tweed Hospital.”

Insp Steel said ambulance personnel required assistance from the Tweed District Rescue Squad to release the elderly woman from her vehicle.

An ambulance spokesman said spinal injury precautions were taken for both patients, who were transported in a stable condition.

The woman was suffering shoulder pains, while the man complained of neck pain.

There were no other people involved in the accident, which caused minor traffic disruptions for an hour.

“It is anticipated the female driver will be issued a traffic infringement notice for failing to give way,” Insp Steel said.

Jamie Stoddart from Tweed District Rescue Squad said the crash could have been much worse.

He said the rescue squad freed the woman by removing the car doors with hydraulic tools.

The man was assisted from the vehicle and no cutting was required.



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