Ouch: Lilan Blankley’s car at rest at the bottom of Coffs Creek.
Ouch: Lilan Blankley’s car at rest at the bottom of Coffs Creek.

Woman, 84, crashes into creek

LILAN Blankley suffered at least four broken ribs, cuts and bruising when her car became airborne and crashed into Coffs Creek yesterday.

The 84-year-old had just left her Dutton Close home when the accident occurred around noon.

Her son-in-law Greig Ireland said she was extremely lucky and he was full of praise for everyone involved in her rescue; from the young boy who heard the crash and rushed to the elderly woman’s aid, the emergency service personnel and police, Baringa Hospital staff and neighbours and passers-by who offered assistance.

“They were all terrific. The young lad got my phone number from her and immediately called us. Staff at Baringa brought blankets and oxygen and emergency services were thorough when they were checking her for injuries,” Mr Ireland said.

“Their caring attitude and prompt response was wonderful. She was well looked after by everyone . . . and I’d like to thank you all.”

Mrs Blankley was stabilised before SES volunteers brought her up to the roadway in a Stokes Litter and put her in the waiting ambulance.

At the time of going to press, she was still in emergency as the extent of her injuries were being assessed.



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