Cliff plunge cheats death
A COFFS Harbour mum and her young son have miraculously escaped serious injury after the car they were passengers in rolled down a steep hill and came to rest on its roof beside a railway track.
The Nissan Pulsar careered 5m down an embankment after it left Mastracolas Rd on Tuesday evening.
Police say they believe the driver fled the scene on foot.
Emergency workers and witnesses said had it not been for a wire fence, the vehicle could have ended up on the rail lines.
Taloumbi Rd residents Sue and Wayne Sinclair and their daughter, Nikki, heard the crash behind their home and raised the alarm. They and neighbours rushed to help the mother and her eight-year-old child.
“My husband was in the kitchen when he saw the headlights rolling down the hill and yelled ‘quick, there’s been an accident’,” Mrs Sinclair said.
“I called the ambulance and our neighbour, who is a nurse, helped the woman and the boy, who were suffering shock.”
An ambulance spokeswoman said the mother and child were treated for minor injuries and taken to hospital.
Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said police inquiries into the accident were continuing.
“Police will allege there may have been two other men in the vehicle who left the scene and we would welcome anyone who witnessed the accident to contact Coffs Harbour police,” Mr Lindsay said.