Lucky ... The aftermath of the accident at Coffs Harbour Ambulance Station
Lucky ... The aftermath of the accident at Coffs Harbour Ambulance Station

Ambulance station smash

IF you're going to crash, you could pick a worse spot.

A four-wheel-drive smashed through a fence and slammed into the Coffs Harbour Ambulance Station after a two-vehicle accident on the Pacific Highway yesterday afternoon.

The front of the 4WD became wedged in the office of assistant ambulance operations manager, Wil Gardner.

Mr Gardner is thinking about buying a lottery ticket after narrowly avoiding the accident that turned his workplace into rubble.

"I got up to talk to someone outside and suddenly there's a noise like thunder and lightning hitting together," Mr Gardner said. "Thirty seconds earlier and I would have been sitting at my desk when the 4WD hit."

Administration assistant Robyn Ward was visibly shaken as she recounted the terrifying ordeal.

"I could hear the smash and I was waiting for the crash outside, not in here," Ms Ward said.

"Then I saw it (the 4WD) coming through the wall, like it was coming right at me."

A spokeswoman for NSW Ambulance said the station sustained structural damage to the administrative section of the building.

The damage extended beyond Mr Gardner's office to a nearby kitchen and warped the ceiling in an adjacent office. Luckily, no-one was seriously hurt.

"The drivers of the two vehicles have sustained minor injuries and paramedics have transported two patients to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital in a stable condition," the ambulance spokeswoman said.

Mr Gardner said the accident was the closest one the service has attended.

"It would have actually taken the guys longer to take the ambulance out the doors than to walk through the hole in the fence," he said.


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