Crash sparks asbestos concerns

Emergency services at the scene of the crash.
Emergency services at the scene of the crash.

WHEN a car ploughed into an Arrawarra Headland home, rescue crews had no idea what they were in for.

They were eventually forced to lock down the scene when they suspected the collision had uncovered asbestos in the dwelling.

The drama unfolded about 9am on Saturday when a woman was reversing her Mercedes out of her garage. The car instead accelerated forward and sliced through a wall of her home and wound up in the bathroom.

The woman was freed from her car by neighbours and paramedics but emergency crews later discovered the home was made from fibro.

“We assumed that it was asbestos fibro and we had to contain the situation,” said Woolgoolga Fire Station commander Ray Webb.

“We cordoned off the garage and bathroom and had to decontaminate ourselves. So, too, did the other rescue workers.

“It is still to be confirmed whether it was asbestos but we didn’t take any chances because of the huge issues with fibrous cement.”

Emergency personnel were at the scene for two-and-a-half hours.

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