Miracle escape from head-on crash
Thursday, 8th September, 2011
Five people were astonishingly lucky to walk away from a head-on collision yesterday on the Sydney road.
They suffered only minor injuries when, just after 10am, two Nissan Patrols ran into each other about 50 kilometres east of Broken Hill as they were travelling though an area where a controlled burn-off of scrub was taking place.
One of the vehicles was from Cornubia, Queensland and the other from Coorangbong, NSW, according to police.
Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg said it was believed that the vehicles were going through a part of the highway where the Rural Fire Service was conducting a burn-off for hazard reduction.
“One of the vehicles has crossed to the incorrect side of the road and collided with the Nissan Patrol towing the caravan,” DI Stoltenberg said.
“The Nissan Patrol with the caravan was going west and the other Nissan Patrol was going east,” he said.
“It was fortunate that both vehicles had slowed due to the burning that was taking place.”
DI Stoltenberg said the occupants were lucky that their vehicles were equipped with working air bags and seat belts, although some complained of back and chest soreness.
He also said that Rural Fire Service personnel were first on the scene and provided help before police, ambulance and the fire brigade arrived.
the five people were conveyed to the Broken Hill Hospital for treatment, and a spokesman for the Far West Local Health Service said that two men and three women aged between 50 and 70 were treated in the emergency department and were expected to be discharged.
The accident closed the highway for about two hours until around noon when a lane was cleared to allow traffic to pass.
Detective Inspector Stoltenberg said the accident showed the necessity of staying alert.
“Drive to the conditions around you and be prepared for anything,” he said.