Motorist dies in hospital after car struck by ‘roll of chicken wire’

LATEST @ August 9: A man critically injured after his car was struck by a roll of chicken wire in northern NSW has died in hospital.

The 35-year-old suffered serious head and chest injuries after the roll of wire hit his vehicle while travelling along Big River Way near Grafton around 6pm last Friday.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital.


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Police confirmed in a statement a short time ago that the man succumbed to his injuries and passed away around 9.00am yesterday.

Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Anyone who was travelling between Ballina and Ulmarra between 2.00pm and 6.00pm on Friday 6 August is being urged to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

EARLIER @ August 7: A man has been airlifted to hospital on the Gold Coast after his car was allegedly struck by a roll of chicken wire that had fallen off the back of another vehicle.

Emergency crews were called to Swan Creek, near Grafton, around 6pm last night following reports a Mazda Bravo had been damaged while travelling on Big River Way.

Upon arrival, they found the driver of the car, a 35-year-old man, suffering serious head and chest injuries.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to South Grafton, where he was flown to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

The man’s passengers, an eight-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, fortunately managed to escape uninjured.

A crime scene has been established, with specialist police from the Crash Investigation Unit probing the circumstance surrounding the crash.

Anyone with information or dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.