Accident on the Great Western Highway at Wentworth Falls | Blue Mountain Gazette
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According to a spokesperson for the CareFlight helicopter, the Faulconbridge man was driving west on the freeway to Wentworth Falls shortly before 8:30 a.m. when he suffered a medical episode, crossed several lanes and taxied his car.
The driver, 39, sustained suspected head and spine injuries as a result of the impact. “He was able to extricate himself from the vehicle,” the spokesperson said.
The Mounties Care CareFlight helicopter was called for emergency assistance by NSW Ambulance just before 8:30 a.m. and landed 20 minutes later on the Blue Mountains Grammar School Oval. NSW Ambulance paramedics provided initial treatment to the man at the scene of the incident and then led him to meet with the CareFlight clinical team.
The CareFlight specialist physician and the NSW Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic performed a clinical assessment on the man, including an ultrasound, and took spinal precautions.
Blue Mountains Police Chief Detective Inspector Scott McAlpine said the driver was heading west at the time of the crash.
“For unknown reasons, he veered left from the road … at one point the vehicle rolled over onto the roof.”
The accident happened near the Scott Avenue exit, Leura. The car sustained significant damage, the airbags were deployed, Inspector McAlpine said.
“Witnesses stopped by the side of the road to assist the driver who was still in the vehicle. Witnesses contacted the emergency services.
“Shortly later, police arrived with paramedics and the driver was airlifted to Westmead Hospital, a condition considered not to be serious at this point.”
The CareFlight clinical team provided ongoing treatment to the man as he was airlifted in stable condition to Westmead Hospital with intensive care monitoring.