Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has airlifted a 29-year-old Dutch tourist and his 23-year-old girlfriend to hospital following a head-on collision in Nimbin.
The crash happened just before 6pm on Wednesday, January 21, when their Kombi and a Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD collided on Gungas Road in Nimbin.
The occupants of the 4WD, believed to be four in total, were reportedly treated for minor injuries, while the occupants of the Kombi van remained trapped in their vehicle for over an hour-and-a-half.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was first on the scene and Intensive Care Paramedics and road ambulance crews attended to the trapped patients while Police Rescue, SES and the local Rural Fire Service worked to free them from the wreckage.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter airlifted the two tourists from the accident scene, after landing in a nearby paddock, to Lismore Base Hospital just after 8pm with severe injuries.
The 29-year-old male patient is being treated for multiple injuries to his left leg while his girlfriend is being treated for spinal injuries.
“Both are in a serious condition,” a spokeswoman for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter said.
- Pilot: Terry Mortimer
- Rescue Crew: Steve von Bratt
- Patient Care: NSW Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedic Peter Haron and Paramedic Glenn Rice.