Two hos­pi­talised af­ter crash

Driver cut from ve­hi­cle and air lifted to Mel­bourne

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID MIMS

EMER­GENCY ser­vices were called to a two car ac­ci­dent on the Tolmie-Whit­field Road at Bridge Creek last Tues­day morn­ing.

A fe­male driver of a camper van head­ing east drifted to the wrong side of the road on the large sweep­ing bend, col­lid­ing with a Nis­san crew cab which had turned out of Mur­phy’s Tomato Farm and was head­ing to­wards Mans­field.

The c a mper­van r e - mained up­right, but the driver, a tourist from over­seas, who re­mained con­scious through­out, had to be cut from her ve­hi­cle, and was air lifted to Mel­bourne with sus­pected leg in­juries.

The lo­cal male driver of the Nis­san was able to walk away from his ve­hi­cle which was ly­ing on its side in the grass, and was taken to Mans­field hospi­tal for ob­ser­va­tion.

Po­lice, State Emer­gency Ser­vice (SES) and Mans­field Fire Bri­gade were all on scene to as­sist, with SES vol­un­teers us­ing hy­draulic cut­ting equip­ment to free the woman.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ac­ci­dent be­lieve the van drifted across the road and the driver of the Nis­san tried to move over onto the verge but was un­able to avoid the col­li­sion.

Tolmie Road was blocked for sev­eral hours to al­low emer­gency ser­vices to com­plete their work, the he­li­copter to land, and the tow truck to re­move the ve­hi­cles.

Traf­fic was di­verted around the scene with min­i­mal dis­rup­tion.

AIR­LIFT TO MEL­BOURNE: Am­bu­lance crews trans­fer a woman, suf­fer­ing non-life threat­en­ing in­juries, onto the Air Am­bu­lance to be flown to Mel­bourne. PHO­TOS: David Mims

AC­CI­DENT AFTERMATH: SES mem­bers in­spect the dam­aged camper­van that col­lided with a Nis­san crew cab, which lies on its side next to the road.

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