Man loses arm after accident

SURGEONS have amputated a Bellingen man’s right arm after a shocking accident at Raleigh.

The 53-year-old is in a stable condition in Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital, where he has been treated since Friday afternoon.

His condition had been listed as critical when he first arrived at the hospital’s emergency department.

Rescue crews were called at 1.10am on Friday to the Pacific Highway just north of the Bellingen turnoff, where they discovered the seriously-injured man.

Police have been told a south-bound semi-trailer struck the man from behind as he was walking on the side of the road.

The truckie and other motorists stopped to help the pedestrian and raised the alarm.

He was taken in a serious condition to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital where doctors determined he needed further specialist treatment for head, arm and internal injuries.

He was subsequently flown in a critical condition to Newcastle.

Senior Constable Andrew Nelson from the Kempsey Accident Investigation Unit has yet to interview the injured man but he has been in contact with the man’s family.

Const. Nelson was not releasing the man’s name at the request of family members.

More witnesses to the accident are still being sought. If you can help with this investigation, contact Const. Nelson on 6561 6018 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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