Woman critical after 'airborne' car crashes into Tweed River

REGULAR SIGHT: The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was out and about over the weekend, flying seven missions.
REGULAR SIGHT: The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was out and about over the weekend, flying seven missions.

UPDATE: 1.07pm 

POLICE are continuing to investigate a Tumbulgum crash which has left a woman in a serious condition.

About 10pm Sunday, a Mazda coupe was travelling eastbound on Tweed Valley Way near Tumbulgum. 

Police said it appears the car has left the roadway, crossed the northern shoulder and become airborne.

The car then entered the Tweed River and began to submerge. 

The 51-year-old male driver climbed through his open window, before realising his 57-year-old female passenger was still inside. 

The man was able to pull the woman through the window and began CPR until emergency services arrived. 

The woman remains in a critical condition at Gold Cost University Hospital.


Investigations are continuing.


Initial report: 9.02am Monday, October 19

A WOMAN is in a critical condition after the car she was in crashed into the Tweed River overnight.

Tweed District Rescue Squad volunteer Jamie Stoddart said they were called to Tweed Valley Way, about 250m north of Tumbulgum at about 10.15pm to reports of a car in the river.

"On arrival, both the driver and passenger were out of the vehicle and ambulance officers were performing CPR on the passenger," Mr Stoddart said.

He said ambulance personnel were on scene until about 5am Monday.

It's understood the car was still fully submerged in the river on Monday morning.

A statement from Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter said the 57-year-old female passenger had been pulled from the river.

The helicopter landed at the scene with the use of night vision goggles, and transported the passenger to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

It was the second incident around the Tweed on Sunday.

Shortly before 10am, police and rescue crews were called to Clothiers Creek Rd, where a campervan had crashed off the road.

Jamie Stoddart said no people were trapped when they arrived.

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