A WOMAN is fighting for life after the car she was in became airborne and landed in the Tweed River.
Police say, just before 10pm on Sunday a Mazda coupe was being driven in an easterly direction along the Tweed Valley Way at Tumbulgum when the driver lost control.
Early investigations suggest, about half a kilometre east of Riverside Drive, the car left the road, crossing the northern shoulder and became airborne.
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It then crashed into the Tweed River and started to submerge.
The 51-year-old male driver was able to climb out of the open window, but realised his female passenger was still in the vehicle.
He was able to pull the woman, 57, out through the window and commenced CPR until emergency services arrived.
The woman was airlifted to the Gold Cost University Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.