AN elderly man has been airlifted to hospital with serious chest and lower limb injuries after his four-wheel-drive flipped into a power pole in the NSW Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
The accident happened on the Great Western Highway at Valley Heights just after 10am on Friday.
The 81-year-old’s four-wheel-drive collided with another vehicle before mounting a median strip and flipping onto the wrong side of the road where it slammed into a power pole.
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The elderly driver was trapped in the wreck and had to be cut free before he could be taken to hospital.
CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene where its specialist doctor and critical care paramedic treated the man while he was being removed from the wreckage.
He was eventually airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a serious but stable condition.