Search for one driver after car forced into Bellinger River
A POLICE search is underway for a driver who left the scene of a serious traffic incident south of Coffs Harbour.
Around 7am on Saturday, an early model Toyota Landcruiser is alleged to have veered into the path of a Mazda 3 sedan travelling in the opposite direction on Mylestom Drive.
The impact caused the smaller vehicle to leave the road and come to rest in the Bellinger River.
Local householders heard noise from the incident and pleas for help coming from the river.
They were able to rescue the female driver from waist-deep water and raise the alarm.
Witnesses said the Landcruiser continued for several hundred metres with what appeared to be one wheel catching on fire.
The Landcruiser then ran into a ditch and flipped onto its roof.
The driver was seen to clamber through a window and then left the vicinity.
The female occupant of the Mazda 3 was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus suffering leg injuries and shock.
Because of the difficult position in the riverbank, recovery of the Mazda took almost two hours with assistance from a Bellingen Shire Council backhoe and a tow truck, with local traffic queued at times.
Members of the public who may be able to assist with inquiries should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.