Drivers trapped in wreckage

A FATHER looked on helplessly yesterday as his daughter was pulled from the wreck of her car following a head-on collision in the Byron hinterland.

The 24-year-old P-plater was driving to her father’s home at Federal when she collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle along Coorabell Road about 8.45am.

Her car remained on the road while the other, driven by a 38-year-old male, slid down a grassy slope into a fence.

Both drivers were trapped and police, paramedics from Ballina, Byron Bay and Kingscliff, along with the Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Association and the NSW Rural Fire Service, attended the accident scene.

NSW Ambulance district duty officer Inspector Greg Powell said both drivers received injuries.

“The two patients have serious leg injuries and were transported by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition,” he said.

The Ballina Crash Investigation Unit, which also attended the scene, confirmed both vehicles had single occupants.

The P-plater driver’s father,Michael Mathewson, said his daughter had driven down from her home in Tweed Heads the night before to visit family.

“She has only had this car for a few months, but has driven on these roads a bit,” he said.

“There are no advisory signs on these roads and that is half the problem.

“The city gets them, but we don’t. Some of the corners are 50 km/h, but there are no signs. If everybody adhered to the advisory signs it would be all right.”

A North Coast Area Health Service spokeswoman said both patients were in a satisfactory condition at 4pm yesterday.

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