Two trees save the lives of five young men

Date: Aug 02, 2011

Five young men were involved in a serious accident that saw their car end up on the edge of a ravine in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park at 03:00 on July 29.

Police report that the five male occupants of the vehicle – aged between 21 and 31 years old – suffered a range of injuries after the car left the road and ploughed through ten metres of rough terrain.

Travelling from Apple Tree Bay towards Bobbin Head, the damaged car was not visible from the road and rescue workers had to call in a PolAir helicopter to find the crash site.

Emergency personnel say the men are lucky to be alive, as two trees prevented the car from falling over the edge of a cliff and into the Hawkesbury River.

One of the men was able to call 000 and paramedics from the Special Casualty Access Team were on the scene 20 minutes later.

Inspector Beth Stirton of the Ku-ring-gai local area command said that rescue crews had to abseil to the the crash site and secure the car with ropes before they were able to free the trapped men.

"They were quite, quite lucky that the car didn't keep going and the car ended up in the river. It would have been quite difficult for us to even locate them if at all, as there was only one of them that was able to get out and contact police," said Inspector Stirton.

Critical head injuries were sustained by the 26-year-old driver and the 31-year-old passenger in the front seat. The other passengers – aged 21, 22 and 26 – suffered a range of injuries.

The victims were taken to the Royal North Shore hospital by ambulance for treatment. Two are in a serious condition, with the others being listed as stable.

Rescue workers had to pass the victims stretchers by hand from the cliff's edge through thick undergrowth to side of the road where the ambulances waited.

Police have not yet determined why the sedan suddenly left the road and say they are continuing their investigations into the cause of the crash.

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