The brother of the man involved in this horrific collision near Bexhill last week has shared his gratitude to emergency services and the community for rapid response and support.
The brother of the man involved in this horrific collision near Bexhill last week has shared his gratitude to emergency services and the community for rapid response and support. Marc Stapelberg

UPDATE: Brother of crash victim takes "ultimate selfie"

UPDATE, Thursday 4pm: JAMES Gibson, a witness to last Friday's accident on Bangalow Rd and brother to the man seriously injured in the crash, has shared how his brother Lachlan and him shared an unlikely moment together minutes after the shocking incident.

Despite Lachlan Gibson's severe injuries, the father of two remained in good spirits according to his older brother.

In fact, so present was Mr Gibson during the aftermath that he even suggested the brothers take a photo together.

 "They pulled him out of the vehicle, the paramedics and ambulance officers are tying things on and stabilising him, and I'm there beside him just holding his hand and staring at him," James Gibson recalled.

"I can't remember (exactly) what he said next but he said "James, take a photo - the ultimate selfie", he laughed.

Brothers James Gibson and Lachlan Gibson took this photo minutes after the Bangalow Rd crash which left Lachlan, 36, with serious leg injuries. He is currently recovering in Lismore Base Hospital after two operations on his legs.
Brothers James Gibson and Lachlan Gibson took this photo minutes after the Bangalow Rd crash which left Lachlan, 36, with serious leg injuries. He is currently recovering in Lismore Base Hospital after two operations on his legs.

 "Even in (moment) that he had a sense of humour, he was unbelievable, and he was so stoic."

"He even tried to laugh in the photo.

"It's remarkable the strength of him. Even in a situation like that he kept his head."

After two operations since Friday Mr Gibson remains on painkillers in hospital but is starting to regain his strength and awareness.

The fifth generation Clunes born brothers, who have always been close, now also share a simile injury on their left leg.

When James was 14 he recalled a serious trail bike accident which left his left leg slightly bowed.

It was younger brother Lachlan who pulled him out of the wreckage 24 years ago - and this time, it was James' turn to come to his younger brother's aid.

And in a startling coincidence, they will probably bear a similar small disfigurement on their left leg.

"We often do things together Lockie and I," Mr Gibson said.

"We look alike, we think alike, we break the same bones," he joked.

Mr Gibson said his brother's wife and two boys aged 3 and 7 were incredibly relieved that their husband and father had survived the ordeal.

 

INITIAL: THE brother of the man involved in a horrific crash near Bexhill has shared his gratitude to emergency services and the community for their support.

James Gibson was driving behind his brother, Lachlan Gibson, 36, a local husband and father of two, when Lachlan's Mazda ute hit an oncoming truck.

"It was a very dramatic scene," Mr Gibson said of the crash last Friday.

"When I first ran to the ute I wasn't sure if he was alive - there was a lot of blood.

"He opened his eyes when I ran there, and I said 'Lockie, move your toes', and he moved his toes. Then I thought 'how do I get him out of here?'"

Mr Gibson had suffered severe leg injuries in the crash and was losing a significant amount of blood through his left knee.

Thanks to other witnesses who called triple-0 promptly, emergency services quickly arrived and took control of the scene.

Mr Gibson said the fast arrival of paramedics and other emergency services certainly helped his brother's chances.

"I really believe that's why Lockie is still here today, that they were able to get there (quickly)," he said.

"I don't think people always realise how lucky we are to have such an amazing safeguard against tragedy."

Mr Gibson underwent two operations on his legs, and doctors had to reconstruct his left knee. He now has metal screws and a rod in his thigh.

But he will walk again, after a spell in hospital and a few months of rehabilitation.

James Gibson said within an hour of the crash he had been inundated with well wishes from the community who knew Lachlan from the brothers' business, B-Line Auto.

"The phone was ringing within a very short time and we've had many cards wishing him well from all over the place, from Grafton to Tenterfield (and) Melbourne," Mr Gibson said.

"It has been overwhelming and humbling, and I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone."



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