Woman cut from ute after smash
SCENIC Drive at Bilambil could be named one of Tweed’s most notorious roads with three cars going over the steep side in just over a month.
A woman is lucky to be alive after her ute yesterday left the winding road and travelled down an embankment, landing on its side, against trees.
Less than a week ago a mother and her three-year-old son climbed through a broken window to escape their rolled four-wheel-drive.
And in November the roof had to be cut off a four-wheel-drive to free the driver after the vehicle rolled several times down an embankment.
All the crashes have occurred on the same section of winding road, between Mount Bilinga Circuit and Simpson Drive. Tweed Heads Fire Station Officer Steve Sharp said yesterday’s crash about 12.30pm was much the same as last Wednesday’s.
“A car went over the embankment and down two and a half metres; not quite as far as the last one,” Officer Sharp said.
“It was a ute and because it was on its side the woman couldn’t physically get out.”
Officer Sharp said firefighters and the Tweed District Rescue Squad used a glass saw to cut the windscreen out.
“We pulled her out of the front window and onto a back board.
“She was in a very awkward position.
“She’s lucky not to have more serious injuries.”
Rescue Squad president Jamie Stoddart said the operation took about 45 minutes as rescue workers had to stabilise the Mitsubishi Triton dual cab by chaining it to tow trucks.
“She was assisted out in a Stokes Litter and pulled up the cliff edge,” Mr Stoddart said.
“It was quite steep.”
Officer Sharp said wet weather has been a factor in all three crashes and if people do not slow down there could soon be a fatality.
“You’ve got to drive to the conditions because the conditions don’t change for you.
“If it’s raining please drop 10 kilometres off your speed.”
The woman was taken by ambulance to The Tweed Hospital where she was yesterday afternoon in a stable condition.