Driver air­lifted af­ter car crash

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

A 63 year-old Oak­lands man was flown to Royal Mel­bourne Hospi­tal with non-life threat­en­ing in­juries af­ter a sin­gle ve­hi­cle crash in Ber­ri­gan on Satur­day morn­ing.

His crashed car was dis­cov­ered by a pa­trolling po­lice of­fi­cer just af­ter 11am.

Po­lice said it ap­pears the man was trav­el­ling north on Oak­lands Rd at Ber­ri­gan about 10am when he failed to ne­go­ti­ate a bend to the left.

His car re­port­edly left the road­way and con­tin­ued straight ahead, which po­lice say caused him to be­come air­borne over a chan­nel. The car came to rest in long grass on Finns Rd.

The po­lice of­fi­cer re­ported find­ing the driver slumped over the steer­ing wheel.

NSW Am­bu­lance paramedics from Ber­ri­gan and Fin­ley and NSW Fire & Res­cue fire­fight­ers at­tended the scene to ren­der as­sis­tance, along with about 12 Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice fire­fight­ers from across the district with three tankers.

Po­lice said Al­bury Crime Scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors were also called to as­sist with the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Am­bu­lance NSW In­spec­tor of ser­vice de­liv­ery for the South­ern Sec­tor Bruce Purves said the man ap­peared to only have su­per­fi­cial in­juries but was trans­ferred to a Mel­bourne hospi­tal by air am­bu­lance as a pre­cau­tion.

‘‘Spinal pre­cau­tions were put in place, but he was trans­ferred in a sta­ble con­di­tion,’’ Insp Purves said.

‘‘He had a head in­jury — only bruis­ing — and a cut to his lip, and he was con­scious the whole time we tended to him.

‘‘Due to the na­ture of the crash, as is pro­to­col, he was sent for fur­ther med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion. Our am­bu­lance crews met the he­li­copter at Wunghnu.’’

Both am­bu­lance and fire per­son­nel were un­able to get up­dated in­for­ma­tion about the man’s con­di­tion be­fore go­ing to print yes­ter­day.

Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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