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Driver in hospital following third crash on Clarence Valley roads

Emma Pritchard|

 

A man remains in a critical condition in hospital following a single vehicle accident on Rogan’s Bridge Road near Seelands last week.

Shortly after 3pm on February 18, the 44-year-old was travelling south west in a red Mitsubishi sedan when he failed to negotiate a left-hand corner, causing his vehicle to leave the road and collide heavily with a power pole.

The impact caused significant damage to the drivers side of the vehicle, subsequently trapping the man.

Residents from the surrounding communities of Copmanhurst, Ramornie, Jackadgery, Coaldale, Fine Flower and Baryulgil experienced a power outage following the collision.

Coffs/Clarence Police District Chief Inspector Joanne Reid said Fire and Rescue NSW and local SES crews worked to extricate the driver while he was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance.

The man, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, sustained multiple injuries to his legs, chest and head.

Upon being released from the vehicle, he was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital by the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter.

It was the third collision to occur in the Clarence Valley within 48 hours.

Two single vehicle accidents occurred on Lawrence Road and Pringles way on February 16.

All three collisions occurred during wet weather and drivers are being strongly urged to exercise caution when travelling in poor conditions.

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