Rescue scene: Police believe the driver may have suffered health complications prior to the accident.
Rescue scene: Police believe the driver may have suffered health complications prior to the accident. Bruce Thomas

Man dies after crashing into tree

A MAN died in hospital yesterday after his sedan left the road at Lower Bucca and hit a large gum tree.

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

An ambulance spokesman said the 63-year-old, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was trapped by his legs.

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

He was taken to the Coffs Harbour Hospital in a serious condition suffering chest and head injuries.

Late yesterday police confirmed the man had died in hospital.

Crash scene controller, Detective Inspector Chris Clarke, said the cause of the accident was being investigated. However, it’s thought the driver may have suffered health complications.

“Passers-by saw the vehicle pulled over on the side of the road, about 10 minutes before the accident happened,” Inspt. Clarke said.

“As they returned along the roadway they came across the accident scene.

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

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



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