Trapped, but freed by jaws

LOCAL firefighters had to use the jaws of life to cut a woman free after a crash in Moree yesterday morning.

LUCKY ESCAPE: Three people were injured when two cars collided in Moree yesterday morning, including one woman who had to be cut free by local firefighters. Photo: The Moree Champion

LUCKY ESCAPE: Three people were injured when two cars collided in Moree yesterday morning, including one woman who had to be cut free by local firefighters. Photo: The Moree Champion

Just before 9.30am the two cars including one towing a caravan collided at the intersection of Gwydir and Edward streets.

Luckily, the Moree Fire and Rescue crew were on scene in seconds after stumbling across the impact.

“At 9.27am, the fire crew left the station to go on a brigade exercise and came across the scene of a two-vehicle accident,” Moree station officer Scott Beers said yesterday.

“We immediately called for police and checked the scene and found one person trapped in their car with minor injuries and another couple also sitting in their car with minor injuries.”

Ambulance paramedics were called to treat three patients while crews worked to free one of the drivers.

“We did have one lady, we had to force entry with our jaws to get her out of her front driver’s-side door,” Mr Beers said.

The crash closed the roads but luckily, there was no fuel spill from either of the cars, and firefighters said it could have been a lot worse.

Two elderly women were taken to Moree hospital in a stable condition with a head injury and chest pains, while a man was treated as a precaution.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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