Life changing: A man’s leg was severed when the vehicle he was driving left the road. .
Life changing: A man’s leg was severed when the vehicle he was driving left the road. . Photos courtesy of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter

Korean man's leg severed in crash

A YOUNG Korean man’s life has changed forever following an accident on the Gwydir Highway on Saturday morning.

The accident happened about 70km west of Grafton.

It is understood two vehicles carrying Korean nationals were travelling together when one of the vehicles left the road.

The vehicle smashed through a metal barrier, coming to rest on a steep angle over the embankment.

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called-in to airlift the badly injured driver.

It is understood the impact of the collision completely severed the man’s lower leg.

When the rescue helicopter arrived, the driver was still trapped inside the vehicle.

It took about 90 minutes to free the man who was then stabilised by the helicopter doctor and paramedic.

The man – aged in his late 20s – was airlifted to the Gold Coast Hospital in a serious condition.

The vehicle’s other occupants were not badly injured.

The rescue helicopter’s duty pilot, Marty Hanna, said road conditions were not good on the day. He said it was raining when he arrived at the scene.

Meanwhile, the RTA has asked motorists to slow down, stating NSW had suffered twice the number of road deaths compared to last year’s October long weekend.



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