CHRISTMAS DAY RESCUE: Emergency services attend a serious two vehicle collision on Tweed Valley Way on Christmas Day. Photo: Tweed District Rescue Squad
CHRISTMAS DAY RESCUE: Emergency services attend a serious two vehicle collision on Tweed Valley Way on Christmas Day. Photo: Tweed District Rescue Squad

Emergency crews called to horrific Christmas Day crash

We hoped this Christmas Day we would not have to attend a serious car crash but it didn't turn out to be."

Tweed District Rescue Squad president Drew Carr, 35, said his crew were called along with other emergency services to the scene of a two vehicle crash on the northern lane of Tweed Valley Way between Condong and Tumblgum later afternoon on Christmas Day.

 

VOLUNTEER RESCUE: Emergency services attend a serious two vehicle collision on Tweed Valley Way on Christmas Day. Photo: Tweed District Rescue Squad
VOLUNTEER RESCUE: Emergency services attend a serious two vehicle collision on Tweed Valley Way on Christmas Day. Photo: Tweed District Rescue Squad

"We were activated just before 4.45pm to reports of a person trapped collision on Tweed Valley Way," Mr Carr said.

 

TWO CAR CRASH: When emergency services attend a serious two vehicle collision on Tweed Valley Way on Christmas Day they found the road littered with debris from the collision. Photo: Tweed District Rescue Squad
TWO CAR CRASH: When emergency services attend a serious two vehicle collision on Tweed Valley Way on Christmas Day they found the road littered with debris from the collision. Photo: Tweed District Rescue Squad

"Upon arrival crews were met with a two car collision with one female driver trapped."

Mr Carr who attended the incident, said the firefighters whom arrived moments earlier had stabilised the vehicle using a tow truck to prevent the vehicle falling further down the embankment into the Tweed River.

"Rescue crews then went about releasing the patient from the wreck, using hydraulic cutters, rams, trifor winch, and stability blocks," he said.

"The patient was stabilised by NSW Ambulance Paramedics and RACQ Life Flight area medical team before being airlifted to hospital."

 

HELICOPTER RESCUE: Emergency services including the RACQ Life Flight attended a serious two vehicle collision on Tweed Valley Way on Christmas Day. Photo: Tweed District Rescue Squad
HELICOPTER RESCUE: Emergency services including the RACQ Life Flight attended a serious two vehicle collision on Tweed Valley Way on Christmas Day. Photo: Tweed District Rescue Squad

Mr Carr said all the emergency crews including police, firefighters and paramedics along with civilians including Murwillumbah District Towing worked smoothly to ensure everyone involved worked safely to assist the patient.

"A fence was cut making a clear path to the helicopter, so our very own Neil Mack of Neil Mack Fencing kindly repaired the fence to ensure the land owner has a secure paddock," he said.

 

EMERGENCY HEROES: Emergency services attended a serious two vehicle collision on Tweed Valley Way on Christmas Day. Tweed Rescue president Drew Carr, said while not in this photo, the many police, paramedics, firefighters and tow-truck drivers who attended were a critical element of the rescue and should be acknowledged for their great work Photo: Tweed District Rescue Squad
EMERGENCY HEROES: Emergency services attended a serious two vehicle collision on Tweed Valley Way on Christmas Day. Tweed Rescue president Drew Carr, said while not in this photo, the many police, paramedics, firefighters and tow-truck drivers who attended were a critical element of the rescue and should be acknowledged for their great work Photo: Tweed District Rescue Squad

Mr Carr said while this year their Christmas Day crash was not a fatal, he wants all drivers to take extra care.

"Christmas Day is a day to spend time and celebrate with loved ones," he said.

'While our local Tweed emergency services personnel are ready at any time to help the community, we would love to not have to do this because then no-one is getting hurt."


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