11 September 2019

Eden woman in critical condition, police ask for caution on wet roads

| Ian Campbell
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Local police are asking for caution on the regions wet, slippery roads. Photo: South Coast Police District Facebook.

Local police are asking for caution on the regions wet, slippery roads. Photo: South Coast Police District Facebook.

An Eden woman remains in a critical condition as investigations continue into a serious two-vehicle crash just north of the town on Saturday afternoon.

At about 3.15 pm (March 16), emergency services rushed to the Princes Highway, near Haycock Road, 5 km north of Eden.

It’s believed a Hyundai station-wagon travelling south and a Subaru station-wagon travelling north collided in the north-bound lanes.

Officers from South Coast Police District arrived to find the occupants of both vehicles trapped.

The driver of the Hyundai, a 57-year-old Eden woman, was freed and taken to Canberra Hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.

The Hyundai’s passenger, a 14-year-old Eden boy, was taken to South East Regional Hospital in Bega and treated for multiple injuries, before being flown to Canberra Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

Both occupants of the Subaru, a 65-year-old woman and 89-year-old man, both from Pambula were released from the car and taken to Canberra Hospital, where they both remain in a stable condition.

Inquiries into the circumstances of the crash are continuing, anyone with information or dashcam footage that may assist police is urged to come forward.

In the meantime, as welcome rain falls on the region, local police are urging caution on wet, slippery roads. Police have the following safety tips for road uses:

  • Leave greater breaking distances between you and the car in front as it takes longer to stop when it’s wet;
  • Drivers and motorcycle riders should use their headlights in heavy rain to be seen by other road users;
  • Pedestrians should wear bright or high-vis clothing and use crossings at controlled intersections;
  • Give way at intersections where lights are out. Some intersections have backup signs, however, if they do not, always give way to your right.

To stay up to date with the latest road conditions check Live Traffic NSW.

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