Driver airlifted after car crash

June 29, 2017

A 63 year-old Oaklands man was flown to Royal Melbourne Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a single vehicle crash in Berrigan on Saturday morning.

His crashed car was discovered by a patrolling police officer just after 11am.

Police said it appears the man was travelling north on Oaklands Rd at Berrigan about 10am when he failed to negotiate a bend to the left.

His car reportedly left the roadway and continued straight ahead, which police say caused him to become airborne over a channel. The car came to rest in long grass on Finns Rd.

The police officer reported finding the driver slumped over the steering wheel.

NSW Ambulance paramedics from Berrigan and Finley and NSW Fire & Rescue firefighters attended the scene to render assistance, along with about 12 Rural Fire Service firefighters from across the district with three tankers.

Police said Albury Crime Scene investigators were also called to assist with the investigations.

Ambulance NSW Inspector of service delivery for the Southern Sector Bruce Purves said the man appeared to only have superficial injuries but was transferred to a Melbourne hospital by air ambulance as a precaution.

‘‘Spinal precautions were put in place, but he was transferred in a stable condition,’’ Insp Purves said.

‘‘He had a head injury — only bruising — and a cut to his lip, and he was conscious the whole time we tended to him.

‘‘Due to the nature of the crash, as is protocol, he was sent for further medical examination. Our ambulance crews met the helicopter at Wunghnu.’’

Both ambulance and fire personnel were unable to get updated information about the man’s condition before going to print yesterday.

Police are continuing their investigations.

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