Dubbo pair crash near Grafton, woman impaled on timber

1.30PM:

A young woman is in Tamworth hospital after a car accident near Clouds Creek early on Monday morning.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to reports of a single-vehicle car accident between Nymboida and North Dorrigo about 2am.

Crews were unable to land at the scene because it was so densely forested, a Westpac Rescue Helicopter spokesman told Fairfax Media.

“The helicopter landed at Coutts Crossing,” the spokesman said.

“The patient was transferred to us by road ambulance and then transferred to Tamworth hospital.”

The patient, a 19-year-old woman, sustained a serious leg injury in the accident.

She remains in a stable condition, the spokesman confirmed.

It comes as NSW Police’s 17-day Christmas-New Year statewide road blitz, Operation Safe Arrival, wraps up at 11.59pm midnight tonight.

EARLIER:

A young Dubbo woman was airlifted to hospital after she was impaled by a piece of timber in a rollover crash near Grafton early on Monday.

The 20-year-old woman was the passenger in a vehicle being driven by a male in his early 20s.

He freed himself and raised the alarm after the roll-over on the Armidale Road about 60km west of Grafton about 2am.

The couple were returning home to Dubbo from Queensland.

The woman was impaled in her thigh by a large piece of timber, according to Ambulance NSW Duty Operations Manager Dean Lassau.

He said it took emergency services over an hour to arrive at the crash scene, which was in a remote location.

Operation Safe Arrival, the state’s Christmas and New Year road safety campaign, will continue until 11.59pm on Monday January 1.