SURVIVED: The driver of this car is in hospital following a smash on the Minnie Water Road on Friday night.
SURVIVED: The driver of this car is in hospital following a smash on the Minnie Water Road on Friday night.

Driver survives smash

By ADRIAN MILLER amiller@dailyexaminer.com.au

A P-PLATE driver is lucky to be alive after he lost control of a car which went on to smash into a tree near Minnie Water Road on Friday night, says Grafton Highway Patrol.

Constable Rob Goodwin said yesterday he was amazed the youth, 18, had survived the accident after the sheer force of the crash caused the car to become wrapped around the tree.

He said the driver's side of the vehicle took the full brunt of the impact. The driver's door was crushed which injured the young man behind the wheel.

Const Goodwin said it took Grafton Rescue Squad nearly an hour to cut the man free from the wreckage before he was airlifted to the Lismore Base Hospital suffering from a broken leg and pelvis, as well as many bruises and cuts.

Yesterday he was listed in a stable condition in hospital after undergoing surgery on Saturday afternoon.

Two other people in the car suffered minor injuries.

Const Goodwin praised the efforts of a community nurse who was the first on the scene to administer first aid, as well as all emergency service personnel who helped.

Const Goodwin said investigations into the crash were continuing. It was believed the accident could not be blamed on the condition of the road.

He said the youth, who had only held his licence for a short amount of time, was driving to Pillar Valley after visiting friends at Minnie Water, when the car went out of control at 10.45pm.

Const Goodwin said the teenager, who was driving a red four-door Ford Laser, appeared to lose control of the vehicle on a sharp right hand bend three kilometres east of Wooli Road.

Const Goodwin said the accident should serve as a warning to all young drivers.

"P-plate drivers should take note of what happened to this young man because it could quite easily happen to them," he said.



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