Men fight for lives in intensive care
By ADRIAN MILLER firstname.lastname@example.org
TWO Clarence Valley men are in the intensive care unit of the Gold Coast Hospital after a car accident near the Grafton racecourse on Wednesday night.
Yesterday afternoon one of the men was still in a critical condition, while the other was listed as serious.
The men, both 23, from Grafton and Junction Hill, were airlifted to the Gold Coast around 8.30am yesterday with serious head and pelvis injuries.
The men were passengers in a Mitsubishi Magna which crashed on the corner of Howe and Oliver streets at midnight on Wednesday.
The car was driven by a Grafton woman, 23.
According to police, the driver was attempting to make a right hand turn from Oliver Street into Howe Street when the car left the road and hit a tree on the left hand side of the road.The front left side of the car bore the brunt of the impact, crumpling the side and forcing the tyre underneath the passenger seat.
Grafton police, ambulance officers, fire brigade and SES volunteers were called to the scene.
They arrived around 12.20am to find the vehicle almost wrapped around the tree.
The front passenger was trapped in the car for 45 minutes before being released by Grafton SES volunteers and members of the Grafton Fire Brigade.
He was taken to Grafton Base Hospital suffering head and pelvis injuries, along with the back seat passenger who suffered serious head injuries.
The female driver suffered neck pain and minor injuries.
The Ballina crash scene investigation unit was called to investigate the crash.
They are yet to determine if speed and alcohol were factors.