Crash embeds tree in van
THE crumple zone of a brand new Toyota van has well and truly been tested in a high-speed crash on the Pacific Hwy south of Coffs Harbour.
The force of the impact was so great, rescue crews were unable to prise the tree from the wreckage.
Part of the trunk remained embedded in the chassis after it was towed from the scene.
Prior to that NSW Fire and Rescue crews used a chainsaw to free the overturned vehicle.
Amazingly, the driver freed himself and suffered only minor injuries.
An ambulance spokeswoman said the man, aged in his 30s, suffered a foot injury and cuts and bruises and was taken to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital in a stable condition.
The single vehicle accident happened at Boambee, near Lindsay Transport’s depot, on Tuesday just after 4am.
Witnesses at the scene said there did not appear to be any skid marks on the roadway.
Police said inquiries are continuing, indicating fatigue may have been a factor.