Man seriously injured after unexplained sudden crash

ACCIDENT SCENE: Emergency services personnel attend the crash site.
ACCIDENT SCENE: Emergency services personnel attend the crash site.

PHIL Stoddard was sitting in his Yamba home yesterday morning when he heard a "big bang" and came outside to see both of his cars smashed and turned to a 90 degree angle in his driveway.

His letterbox was also gone.

"I thought a vehicle had hit them and done a runner, but it turns out that it veered across the street and hit a tree across the road," he said.

The crash left the driver of a 4WD ute, a Yamba man believed about 46 years of age, in a serious condition.

Witnesses said the man was driving west along Yamba Rd about 9.15am yesterday when his vehicle mounted the nature strip at the Carrs Dr intersection and collided with Mr Stoddard's cars.

It then crossed to the wrong side of Yamba Rd and crashed into a gum tree.

Emergency services worked for more than an hour to free the local man from inside the vehicle.

Acting captain of Yamba NSW Fire and Rescue David Woods described the vehicle as "completely destroyed" and said rescue crews removed the roof, windscreen and driver's door of the ute before releasing him from the rear of the cabin.

The driver was then airlifted to a Gold Coast Hospital where he was believed to be in a serious condition.

Early reports suggested the man sustained an amputation in the accident, but it has since been confirmed the amputation was a pre-existing condition.

Mr Stoddard said he was told both his cars would be written off.

"Thankfully no-one apart from the driver himself has been injured. That's the blessing in all of this I guess," he said. Yamba police confirmed they were investigating, but said they had not determined the cause of the accident.

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