Two hospitalised after crash
Driver cut from vehicle and air lifted to Melbourne
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.