Woman, 82, lucky after car hurtles from first level parkade
AN ELDERLY woman was lucky to escape major injury after her car plunged from the first floor of a Tweed Heads shopping centre car park today.
Emergency services were called to Tweed Mall multi-storey car park at Bay St about 11.45am (NSW) today after reports a car had crashed through a barrier and plunged more than three metres to the road below.
Tweed/Byron LAC Inspector Mick Dempsey said an 82-year-old woman collided with another vehicle while reversing out of a parking space.
“She then appears to have put the vehicle into drive and has for some unknown reason accellerated harshly through the guard rail and onto the road,” Insp Dempsey said.
The car finally came to a stop near Jack Evans Boat Harbour after crashing into a barbecue shelter.
Insp Dempsey said the initial crash was minor and it was unclear whether the elderly woman had panicked before accelerating and launching from the car park.
The woman, miraculously, suffered no serious injuries, Insp Dempsey said.
A NSW Ambulance spokesman confirmed one patient was transferred to Tweed Hospital for assessment.
Police will continue to investigate the incident.
Damage to the car park was being assessed by staff.
Tweed Shire Council maintenance builder Don Paddock was working on securing the damaged barbecue shelter with a colleague.
“(The collision) has taken out two posts and we’ll need to replace two posts and a structural beam on the roof,” Mr Paddock said.
“We’ll take it down tomorrow and it’ll hopefully be back up by the end of the week.”
Comment was being sought from Tweed Mall management.