Crash traps driver, passenger

TWO men have miraculously survived a shocking smash in Bellingen's main street, thanks to the efforts of rescue crews.

“When I first drove in, my first words were 'Oh my God'. We knew it was going to be a complex rescue,” Urunga SES senior rescue officer Peter Butt said.

At 1.35am yesterday the green 1993 Subaru was heading west in Hyde Street when it clipped a bollard at the township's cenotaph, sending the bollard flying across the road and landing on the footpath.

The car tipped on its side and slammed into and wrapped around a tree, trapping the driver a 22 year old Thora man, and his passenger, an 18-year-old Bellingen man.

“Our task was to fully stabilise the vehicle by locking it into position. It's the best $5000 we've ever spent (on equipment),” Mr Butt said.

“We worked with Bellingen Fire Brigade while ambulance officers looked after the patients. Then, we started the task of freeing the two young men from their vehicle.”

The driver was in the wreck for 30 minutes before rescuers could free him. His injuries were not serious.

The passenger  had his leg pinned for about an hour before he was carefully prized out of the car.

He suffered serious leg injuries.

Both men were taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

It is understood the Thora man was discharged, while the Bellingen man was in a stable condition last night.

Police are continuing their inquiries into the cause of the accident.



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