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Car "somersaulted" in fatal Pacific Hwy crash at Tyndale

CRASH: The scene of a one-car accident at Tyndale.
CRASH: The scene of a one-car accident at Tyndale. Jarrard Potter

UPDATE, 7.05am Friday: AN 89-YEAR-old man has died after a horrific crash on the Pacific Highway at Tyndale.

About 11.45am yesterday, emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway at Tyndale following reports of a crash.

Police have been told a northbound Holden Commodore collided with a guard rail, before hitting a southbound Toyota Camry, and then a power pole.

A witness told The Daily Examiner she saw the car somersault through the area at least twice before it landed back on its wheels.

The driver of the Commodore, an 89-year-old man, was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics on scene before being taken to Gold Coast Hospital. He was pronounced dead on route.

The 87-year-old female passenger was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment for possible arm and leg fractures.

Anyone with information about the circumstances surrounding the collision is urged to come forward. Phone Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

UPDATE, 1.50pm:  TWO elderly people have been taken to hospital after their car somersaulted through the air at Tyndale.

Plantation Motel owner Patricia Cranston said she was still shaken up after running down to help the couple, who were trapped in their white hatchback after it crashed about 11.45am.

"I just heard the bang and thought oh my god and just ran down," she said.

"We're all still a bit shaken up."

According to witnesses, the car was travelling on the Pacific Highway when it clipped a southbound car and overcorrected, sending it to the other side of the road and into a telegraph pole.

It then flipped "at least twice" before landing on its roof and flipping back up the right way on a grassy stretch just outside the Plantation Motel.

Emergency services arrived on scene to extract and treat the couple, and Ms Cranston said they were conveyed to hospital via ambulance about 1.30pm.

Their condition is unknown at this time.

The occupants of the other car involved were uninjured.

It is the first major crash at the site since the speed limit through Tyndale was reduced last year.
 

EARLIER: EMERGENCY services are at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on the Pacific Hwy at Tyndale which has potentially trapped two people.

Police confirmed two people were injured in the crash, which happened about 11.45am near the Tyndale Organic Bakery.

It is believed one car rolled several times, coming to a stop on its wheels.

Fire crews are monitoring petrol and oil leaking from the vehicle.

Traffic on the Pacific Hwy is unaffected at this time. More to come.

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