Death of Coffs man is a mystery

POLICE say it’s too soon to say what caused the death of a Coffs Harbour man this week.

The 63-year-old died in hospital on Thursday after his sedan left the road at Lower Bucca and hit a large gum tree.

There is speculation the man may have suffered a heart attack and investigators are now awaiting the outcome of a post-mortem examination set down for early next week.

Emergency services were called to the accident scene north of Coffs Harbour on Bucca Road, one kilometre west of the Pacific Highway, about 11.30am.

An ambulance spokesman said the man, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was trapped by his legs.

Paramedics treated him at the scene and with the help of SES volunteers he was freed from the wreckage half an hour later.

He was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus in a serious condition suffering chest and head injuries. He died in hospital that afternoon.

Police investigations into the accident continue and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

The crash scene controller, Detective Inspector Chris Clarke, told the Advocate passersby saw the vehicle pulled over on the side of the road about 10 minutes before the accident happened.

“As they returned along the roadway they came across the accident scene,” Mr Clarke said.

“It appears the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and his legs were trapped under the dash as a result of the impact.”

Prior to crashing, the car veered off the road and hit a guide post.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident to come forward.

Contact the investigators at Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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