TRAPPED: This head-on crash at McKees Hill closed the Bruxner Hwy for more than two hours yesterday. The 19-year-old driver of the Commodore (pictured) was pinned in his car and seriously injured.
TRAPPED: This head-on crash at McKees Hill closed the Bruxner Hwy for more than two hours yesterday. The 19-year-old driver of the Commodore (pictured) was pinned in his car and seriously injured. Cathy Adams

Teen driver trapped after high-speed collision

A TEENAGER was in a serious condition in the Gold Coast University Hospital late yesterday after he was trapped following a high-speed head-on crash on the Bruxner Hwy at McKees Hill.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said paramedics were called to the scene near McInnes Ln about 9.20am, after reports of a serious two-car crash.

When paramedics arrived they found a white Holden Commodore station wagon had collided head-on with a white Mitsubishi Pajero driven by a 76-year-old Casino man.

Lismore police Inspector Susie Johnson said a 19-year-old Queensland man was driving the Commodore west on the Bruxner Hwy between Lismore and Casino when he veered to the wrong side of the road and collided with the four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Police and rescue squad staff, Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW tankers, along with the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter responded to the crash.

Insp Johnson said the 19-year-old man was trapped in the Commodore for some time before being released.

"Paramedics treated the teenager at the scene before he was loaded into the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter," Insp Johnson said.

"The 19-year-old man was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital suffering from a badly-broken leg and arm, and probable head and internal injuries.

"The 76-year-old man was taken to Lismore Base Hospital with a broken arm and right ankle and suffering lacerations."

Insp Johnson said investigations into the crash were continuing.

The Bruxner Hwy was closed in both directions until diversions could be put in place through Tatham and Tomki.

B-double trucks were parked either side of the crash scene until the highway was reopened about 11.40am.

This was the second serious incident on Northern Rivers roads in 24 hours, following a car rollover at Bora Ridge, south of Coraki, on Monday.

The driver of the car, a 35-year-old woman, was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition with serious head injuries.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said the woman underwent surgery on Monday but was still in a critical condition yesterday.


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