NSW Ambulance

Woman dies in hospital after car crashes into Tweed River

A WOMAN who suffered life-threatening injuries when the car she was in crashed and flipped into a river south-west of Tweed Heads has died in hospital.

The 53-year-old woman was a passenger in a car that crashed on the Tweed Valley Way at Condong, 25 kilometres south-west of Tweed Heads, on Friday afternoon, 23 September.

The vehicle left the road and landed in the Tweed River.

The 53-year-old female passenger was rushed to Tweed Hospital in a critical condition.

The driver, a 33-year-old woman, was taken to the same hospital with less serious injuries.

Police released a statement last night, confirming the 53-year-old woman had sadly succumbed to her injuries.

She died at Tweed Heads Hospital around 7am yesterday morning.

A report will now be prepared for the Coroner.

Rescue operation underway after car plunges into Tweed River

UPDATE 4.55PM: A WOMAN is in a critical condition in hospital after the car she was in left the road and plunged into the Tweed River near Murwillunbah.

It’s understood the accident happened along the Tweed Valley Way at Condong just before 2pm.

Two women were travelling in the car at the time it left the road and landed bonnet-first in the water.

Fire and Rescue NSW confirmed all occupants were freed from the vehicle.

One of the two female occupants is said to have gone into cardiac arrest at the scene.

It’s understood a police officer who was first on the scene performed CPR on the woman before she was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

It’s believed she is aged in her 50s. It remains unclear whether she was the driver of the vehicle or a passenger.

Both the north and southbound lanes of the Tweed Valley Way were closed for several hours while emergency services worked to retrieve the vehicle from the water and investigators examined the scene.

Money

Tweed Heads man celebrates big lotto win

A man from the Tweed Heads area said he’ll have a quiet beer this afternoon to celebrate winning more than half a million dollars in the weekend’s Saturday Lotto draw.

The winner was delighted to hear the dream-come-true news from a NSW Lotteries official that his System 8 entry had won first division and other divisional prizes totalling $528,298.24.

“Awesome! I’ve been waiting a long time to get one of these calls!” the winner exclaimed. “I actually checked my Saturday Lotto ticket on Sunday and I couldn’t believe it when I spotted I had all six winning numbers. I’m so excited! I’ve been playing my favourite numbers for a very long time. I’ll be celebrating my big win today with a few beers. I’m not too sure yet what I’ll do with my windfall but I plan to enjoy it!”

The winner has chosen to remain anonymous.

The division one winning System 8 entry was purchased at Tweed City News, Shop 235 in Tweed City Shopping Centre, 54 Minjungbal Drive in Tweed Heads South.

Sue Woods is the manager of Tweed City News and was over-the-moon to be celebrating the outlet’s third division one win for the year. “We’re so thrilled!” Ms Woods exclaimed. “They say good things happen in threes and we’ve just got the hat-trick of division one wins.  There are still a few months until the end of the year so maybe we can have another and have an awesome foursome of division one wins.

“We’re going to have to find some extra room on our wall for our new division one winning outlet plaque. Our customers are so excited for us and they’re hoping to be our next division one winner!”

Throughout Australia, there were eight entries that won a first division prize of $521,827.54 in the weekend’s Saturday Lotto draw on Saturday 17 September. Along with the winning syndicate entry from Tweed Heads South, there were two other division one winning entries sold in New South Wales, two were sold in Victoria, one in South Australia and two in Western Australia. The other two New South Wales entries were sold online and in Green Valley.

The winning numbers in Saturday Lotto draw 3669 on Saturday 17 September 2016 were 3, 8, 18, 12, 9 and 27, with the supplementary numbers 39 and 4.

Victory Group

Victory Group celebrates 10 years on the Tweed

There has been a big party happening in Tweed Heads over the past three days to celebrate the Victory Group turning 10 – and what a big 10 years it has been!

Bus

Residents set to feel safer at bus stops across the Tweed

MORE than $80,000 will be spent on installing solar-powered lighting at bus shelters across the Tweed in an effort to reduce crime.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest yesterday announced $88,000 in NSW Government funding for the project.

Mr Provest said the grant will light up a number of bus shelters throughout the Tweed and make the community safer while waiting for public transport at night.

“Better lighting will discourage vandalism and other anti-social behaviour and increase the likelihood of any criminal activity being detected,” Mr Provest said.

“I congratulate our local chamber of commerce for securing this funding.

“The Community Safety Fund allows local communities to create unique solutions to assist with challenges and invest in projects that will make the greatest difference.”