‘Miracle’ survival after man trapped for 16 hours
IT'S the stuff of nightmares, pinned to a tree in the middle of nowhere, on a road with few cars. But somehow this story has a happy ending.
In an incredible escape, a 50-year-old man trapped following a car crash was found by a passing driver.
The man was made to endure 16 hours fully exposed to the elements at Thumb Creek, west of Macksville.
Just before 8.30am this morning Fire and Rescue NSW were alerted to a crash on Taylors Arm Road, with reports a person was trapped.
When the Bowraville brigade arrived, they found the man pinned against a tree after his car had rolled down the embankment.
In an intricate rescue requiring the vehicle to be secured and stabilised, crews worked for almost an hour to safely free the man who was treated for leg injuries and flown to hospital via helicopter.
Inspector Susan George of NSW Ambulance described the road as "remote".
"It really is a miracle that he's survived close to 16 hours trapped on a steep embankment, mostly in the dark of night, in relatively cold conditions," she said.
"He's very lucky a nearby resident drove by when they did and assisted him until paramedic crews arrived.
"Emergency services crews did a great job securing the scene to release the patient and he was flown by Westpac Helicopter to Port Macquarie Hospital in a stable condition."