Smash: Emergency crews at the accident in Woolgoolga on Saturday.
Smash: Emergency crews at the accident in Woolgoolga on Saturday. Leigh Jensen

Coffs emergency services kept busy

A 64-YEAR-old Woolgoolga man has been charged with high-range drink driving following a two-car accident in Woolgoolga at 10am on Saturday.

A white Holden Cruise station wagon collided with a white Toyota Hi-Lux utility at the intersection of River and Clarence/Beach streets, pushing the utility onto its side.

The driver of the utility – a 53-year-old Woolgoolga man – and his passenger managed to scramble out and were treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics.

The driver of the Holden Cruise, who allegedly tried to drive away before his vehicle stopped, returned a positive reading to a roadside breath test, was arrested and later changed with high-range prescribed concentration of alcohol.

The accident resulted in minor spills of diesel and oil which saw Woolgoolga Fire Brigade attend the accident, as well as police and ambulance.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Woolgoolga Fire Station commander Ray Webb said it was a timely reminder that drunk drivers could be on the road at any time.

In other news, a two-vehicle accident on Newmans Road at Woolgoolga between a gold-coloured Toyota hatchback and a late-model black Ford Falcon saw the elderly passenger in the hatchback taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus with possible spinal injuries.

The driver of the hatchback, an elderly Woolgoolga man, was able to be helped out of the vehicle by ambulance paramedics but his wife had to be removed on a rescue board by NSW fire brigade rescue crews via the hatch after the back seats were removed.

The occupants of the second car were uninjured but both vehicles were towed from the scene.

The accident, about 9.35am on Sunday, was attended by two NSW Fire Brigade crews and two Rural Fire Service crews.

An elderly couple was treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics after a pan of oil in their kitchen caught fire on Saturday evening.

After cooking their evening meal, the 70-year-old man and his 66-year-old wife were sitting on the veranda outside their home in Darlington Park at Arrawarra about 6.30pm when they noticed thick smoke coming from inside.

The husband went into the kitchen and found a saucepan of oil alight on the stove.

He tried to extinguish the blaze but was unable to put out the flames and contacted the fire brigade.

Five fire engines answered the call – three Rural Fire Service vehicles and two NSW Fire Brigade vehicles from Woolgoolga – due to the risk of the fire spreading to other mobile homes located close by.



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