The fatal car accident near Seelands, where a car ran through a paddock and hit a tree near a creek.
The fatal car accident near Seelands, where a car ran through a paddock and hit a tree near a creek.

Airborne car hits tree, woman dies

A WOMAN died and an 85-year-old man was left seriously injured in a bizarre car smash at Seelands near Grafton yesterday.

Their car driven by the man and with the woman as a passenger ploughed through three fences before coming to rest in a creek bed.

For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the car on Rogans Bridge Road, 14 kilometres north-west of Grafton.

The crash happened at 11.40am when the Subaru left the road and crashed through three fences before continuing another 200 metres across a paddock.

It is believed the car became airborne over a creek, striking a tree, before sliding backwards into the water.

Police officers entered the creek in chest-deep water in an attempt to release the driver but were unsuccessful. State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers were called to the scene and freed the trapped man by using hydraulic equipment.

The woman died before emergency workers arrived at the scene. The elderly driver was freed about 20 minutes after SES crews arrived.

Ambulance officers stabilised the driver and he was airlifted by Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital. Yesterday afternoon he was believed to be in a serious but stable condition with head and chest injuries.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command are investigating.



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