NEARBY residents cared for a man until paramedics arrived following a high speed crash on Tuckers Road in Repton.
Around 8.40pm Friday night, a loud bang alerted the public to a single vehicle traffic incident where a Mitsubishi Magna left the road and collided head-on with a large tree.
The sole occupant was discovered unconscious and slumped forward over the steering wheel and airbag.
Fearing the man was not breathing, residents tilted his head back to clear his airways as police, paramedics and SES volunteers travelled to the scene.
Coffs Clarence Duty Officer Inspector Robert Hanzic said initial reports were that the man suffered non life threatening chest injuries and the cause of the crash was still under investigation.
The driver was trapped inside the car for about 20 minutes as paramedics worked to stabilise him.
SES crews were able to remove obstructions and free him before he was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus by ambulance.
Inspt. Hanzic praised the quick-thinking residents and the efforts of the SES volunteers.