ACCIDENT SCENE: Amy Walls, who stopped to help crash victims, wonders why many cars passed without stopping to help.
ACCIDENT SCENE: Amy Walls, who stopped to help crash victims, wonders why many cars passed without stopping to help.

Horror Pacific Highway crash rescuer: I’m no hero

AMY WALL says she's no hero - she says she simply did the best she could in an emergency.

As the first on the scene of Saturday's horror crash at Cowper, Amy says she can't understand why so many people drove past without stopping to help.

On her way to a school reunion in Grafton, Amy was travelling south on the Pacific Highway when she noticed people lying on the ground on the side of the road near three cars.

"When I first arrived I was straight on the phone to the ambulance," she said.

"But it was probably about seven or eight minutes before anyone else stopped. There were heaps of cars driving past... I hate to think how long they would be there if I hadn't stopped."

Amy said when she arrived, she found eight people with injuries, all needing help. She discovered a woman under a car and another man nearby with serious facial injuries.

"There were two kids still in one of the cars, they were screaming, and people lying on the ground. I was trying to calm all of them down," she said. "Someone said one of the kids was missing so I went looking for her and found (her) under a car. Finally other people stopped, and then everyone had someone."

Emergency services arrived soon after, airlifting three people to Lismore Base Hospital, while three others were transported by ambulance to Grafton Base Hospital, and two were treated at the scene.

Amy said since the accident, she had kept in contact with the family and while some had been released from hospital, others were "in pretty bad shape'' and expected to remain in hospital for some time.



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