The accident site yesterday.
The accident site yesterday.

Two council workers thought they?d be safe ...

By CRAIG McTEAR

UNFORTUNATELY for them, Craig Margetts and Dave Keating were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Coffs Harbour City Council workers were repairing a vandalised sign on a pedestrian refuge when a car ran them over.

The bizarre accident happened outside the Boambee Central Shopping Centre at 11.20am yesterday.

"One of them tried to pull the other out of the way but he wasn't quick enough," Senior Constable Brett Gale said.

Craig, 36, was trapped for a short time under the Toyota Corolla sedan ? driven by an 82-year-old Boambee man ? while Dave was thrown clear.

Shocked bystanders rushed to the men's aid and moved the car so Craig could be freed.

He suffered a fractured left leg, a possible internal injury and cuts and bruising, while Dave sustained cuts, possible fractures to his right fingers and a nasty gash on his left knee.

Both were in a stable condition in hospital yesterday afternoon.

The driver, who police believe may have had a turn behind the wheel as he came out of the shopping centre, was also under observation in hospital late yesterday.

It is understood shoppers concerned about the elderly man's health had approached him before he got into his car, but he told them he wanted to get home to look after his sick wife.

"We'd like to thank the bystanders who rendered first-aid," Const. Gale said.

n Just as police were about to leave the scene at 12.35pm, they were confronted by another drama.

Another Boambee man, 82, was attempting to park his Magna station wagon outside the Action Supermarket when his foot apparently slipped on the accelerator.

The car mounted the gutter and smashed into Action's automatic sliding doors, causing $10,000 in damage.

Neither the man, nor his 81-year-old wife who accompanied him, were injured.



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