Driver trapped



A DRIVER was trapped in his car with a broken arm after a two-car accident on the Waterfall Way on Friday.

A blue Volkswagen sedan was travelling west on the Waterfall Way 400 metres west of the Short Street intersection about 12.15pm on Friday when the car rounded a left hand bend and the driver reported seeing a maroon Mitsubishi Magna station wagon travelling east beginning to fishtail. The station wagon then allegedly crossed on to the incorrect side of the road and collided with the blue Volkswagen.

The driver of the Mitsubishi Magna, a Valla Beach man, was trapped in his vehicle for about 30 minutes before being released by Urunga SES. Eight Urunga SES members attended the accident and used the jaws of life to release the driver, cutting through the driver's door and B-pillar to free the man. A spokesman for Urunga SES said the front driver's side of the car had sustained heavy damage in the head-on collision, which had also pushed back the steering column and collapsed part of the front of the car.

On his release, the trapped driver was taken by ambulance to Coffs Harbour Health Campus where he was treated for a compound fracture of his left arm. His two passengers were taken to Bellingen Hospital where they were treated for minor bruising and contusions.

The driver of the Volkswagen, a man from Labrador in Queensland who was the sole occupant of the car, was also taken to Bellingen Hospital for observation.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Bellingen police are continuing their inquiries.



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