Sep 08 2014

29-08-2013 – Elderly driver causes head-on collision with truck by crossing to wrong side of road (Tuncurry, New South Wales)

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Additional information from news article at http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/1739109/elderly-drivers-survival-miraculous/:

AFTER suffering two broken legs and facial injuries in a crash on The Lakes Way just north of Tuncurry on Thursday, a 89-year-old Taree woman is making a slow recovery from her injuries.

Forster Police Inspector John Sullivan said her survival was “miraculous”.

The woman’s car was a mess of twisted metal after the crash on Thursday morning.

It is believed the car the woman was driving crossed onto the wrong side of the road as she travelled south towards Tuncurry, just north of Chapmans Road about 9.50am.

The car collided nearly head-on with a truck travelling north. Both vehicles ended up off the road, with the truck crashing through some nearby coastal heath. Traffic was diverted around the wrecks throughout the day.

The woman was initially trapped in the car and was freed by Fire and Rescue NSW personnel.

She was taken by road ambulance to Forster, where a Westpac Rescue Helicopter was waiting to take her to John Hunter hospital for treatment to two fractured legs.

Insp Sullivan said the woman would have to pass health and fitness tests to reapply for her licence.

THURSDAY: TRAFFIC is open in both directions after a crash between a car and a prime mover on The Lakes Way 2km north of Tuncurry this morning caused significant delays.

An 89-year-old Taree woman who was driving the car was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition with leg, abdominal and head injuries.

The driver of the prime mover was not injured.

Police Inspector John Sullivan said crime scene analysis and witness statements suggested the woman, travelling south on The Lakes Way, crossed to the wrong side of the road and was hit by the prime mover, which was heading north.

The prime mover went on to crash into the coastal heath on the side of the road and an operation will go ahead later this afternoon to remove it.

Traffic may be disrupted for a short time while this occurs.