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Two crashes in three hours

Emma Pritchard|

One man remains in a critical condition in hospital, while another walked away uninjured following two separate collisions north of Grafton last week.
Shortly before 11am on Tuesday February 16, a 62-year-old man was driving a Toyota Hilux ute southbound along Lawrence Road when he lost control, causing his vehicle to leave the road and flip onto its roof.
Coffs/Clarence Police District Chief Inspector Joanne Reid said the driver was uninjured and able to free himself from his vehicle.
Emergency services attended the scene.
There were no other vehicles involved in the collision.
Less than three hours later, emergency services attended the scene of a second, single vehicle collision.
At 1:30pm, a 19-year-old man from Gurranang was driving a Holden Storm ute and travelling west on Pringles Way, about 30km north east of Grafton, when he lost control on a bend and collided heavily with a tree.
Chief Inspector Reid said the impact caused the ute to spin 180 degrees with the point of contact on the driver’s side door.
The teenager, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, remained trapped for a number of hours and sustained serious leg and internal injuries.
NSW Ambulance paramedics and Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter personnel treated and stabilised the man at the scene before SES were able to extricate him from the vehicle.
He was flown to the Gold Coast University Hospital for further treatment.
Chief Inspector Reid said both collisions occurred in wet and rainy conditions and serve as a reminder for drivers to exercise additional care when conditions are poor.
With more rain forecast over the next several days, police are urging people to take care while driving on our roads.
Investigations are continuing and Grafton Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the Holden Storm ute prior to the collision to come forward.

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