Glencoe crash: Police continue investigations

Double mission: The Westpac Rescue Helicopters from Tamworth and Newcastle collected the patients at Armidale Airport. Photo: Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Double mission: The Westpac Rescue Helicopters from Tamworth and Newcastle collected the patients at Armidale Airport. Photo: Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

Police say investigations into the cause of Monday’s horror two-car crash near Glencoe continue.

Emergency services were called to Ben Lomond Range on the New England Highway, 5km south of Glencoe on Monday, following reports a Holden Vectra and Mazda CX9 had collided.

A 35-year-old woman, who was the driver of Holden Vectra, was trapped in the wreckage for some time before she was freed by rescue personnel. 

She was rushed via ambulance to Armidale Airport where the Westpac Rescue Helicopter from Tamworth was tasked with a doctor and paramedic on board.

The woman was assessed for critical head injuries and was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle in a critical condition. 

She remained in hospital on Tuesday and was believed to be listed as serious.

Her passenger, a 12-year-old girl, was also treated at the scene for a broken collar bone, before being taken to Armidale hospital.

The driver of the Mazda CX9, a 39-year-old man and his passenger, a 43-year-old woman, were assessed at the scene by paramedics for non-life threatening injuries. 

The woman was taken via ambulance to Armidale Airport to meet the crew from the Newcastle-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter. She was then airlifted to John Hunter Hospital with a fractured sternum. 

A 13-year-old boy in the car suffered a fractured pelvis and was also airlifted to Newcastle.

The man man was treated for a foot injury while three boys, aged six, 10, 13, 15, were treated at the scene before being taken to Armidale hospital for minor injuries.

Police are investigating reports one of the vehicles tried to overtake a caravan and lost control in the overtaking lane and slid into the path of an oncoming car, colliding with the side of the second vehicle.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or the vehicles in the moments prior to the impact is urged to contact police.