South Grafton smash hurts driver

TWO men were lucky to escape with their lives in a single-vehicle accident at South Grafton in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Yesterday, one man was in hospital in a serious condition, while the other escaped with minor injuries.

At 2.40am, a 20-year-old South Grafton man, driving a white Holden Commodore along Rushforth Road, allegedly lost control of his vehicle.

It crashed through a chain fence and into bush near Tyson Street.

Police said the car flipped once and came to a stop on its roof, trapping the 20-year-old man.

The passenger in the vehicle, a 19-year-old man, worked quickly to free the driver.

The driver, in a serious condition, was taken by ambulance to hospital in Coffs Harbour.

Police said he suffered suspected neck and back injuries.

The passenger was taken to Grafton Base Hospital, where he was treated for a cut to his head.

Although police were still waiting for the results of blood tests, they alleged the accident was speed and alcohol-related.



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