CRASH SCENE: The Ford Falcon wrapped around the tree and (left) Const. Wearne deals with the other problem.
CRASH SCENE: The Ford Falcon wrapped around the tree and (left) Const. Wearne deals with the other problem.

Snake adds to crash drama

A DRIVER had a lucky escape yesterday afternoon after his vehicle left the Pacific Highway and skidded down an embankment before colliding with a tree.

The out of control Ford Falcon narrowly missed a road sign and careered through a culvert and smashed head-on into a large gum tree.

The man was able to free himself from the vehicle and was treated for shock at the scene by ambulance officers.

The accident happened in the southbound lane of the Pacific Highway, north of Coffs just past the entry to Pacific Bay Resort about 4.40pm.

Adding to the peak-hour drama, police monitoring traffic at the scene were called upon to move a snake out of the way of salvage crews.

As tow trucks moved to clear the wreckage, Constable Stuart Wearne tried his hand at snake-wrangling lifting a carpet python to safety.

“It’s eyes were frosted over which happens after they shed their skin so I knew it wouldn’t give me too many dramas,” Constable Wearne said.



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