Emergency service workers cut an elderly woman out of her wrecked car.
Emergency service workers cut an elderly woman out of her wrecked car. Terry Deefholts

Driver is 'lucky' to be alive

“WHEN you get a good outcome like this it makes it all worthwhile.”

Those words, spoken by Grafton paramedic Peter Maxwell, moments after the tense rescue of an 80 year old crash victim at Glenugie yesterday, summed up the feelings of many on the scene.

Mr Maxwell, along with fellow ambulance paramedic Mark Teece and SES volunteers, helped remove the Queensland woman from her car, which crashed into the embankment on the eastern side of the highway about 12.15pm.

The vehicle flipped onto its driver's side creating a challenge for emergency services to remove the driver safely.

An SES crew put the jaws of life into action and within minutes the elderly woman was cut free.

Mr Teece climbed into the vehicle and offered the woman first aid and comfort.

“You get the jobs where there's nothing you can do, ” Mr Maxwell said.

The woman was in a stable condition in Grafton Base Hospital yesterday afternoon.

Mr Maxwell said the woman appeared only to have suffered an abrasion to her left arm.

“She's extremely lucky,” he said.

The cause of the crash was not known yesterday at the time of going to print.



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