Elderly woman dies after car plunges into river

UPDATE@ March 9 2019 | AN elderly woman, who was rescued from her submerged car in northern NSW, has died in hospital.

The 84-year-old, believed to be from Casino, was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a critical condition on Friday afternoon, after being saved from her sinking vehicle by two bystanders.

She was pulled to shore at the scene, on Bridge Street in Lismore about 4.20pm, with the help of two police officers who attempted to revive her.


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Additional police, as well as Fire & Rescue NSW, Lismore SES and NSW Ambulance arrived, but due to the terrain, police had to continue resuscitation efforts for an extended time until the woman could be winched to street level.

Police have this morning confirmed, she died in hospital late last night.

Witnesses say they saw the car swerving across the roadway, before it plunged down an embankment and began sinking in Leycester Creek, which is part of the Richmond River catchment.

It’s not known if the woman suffered a medical episode, with a report to be prepared by the coroner.

Police divers from Sydney will arrive today to recover the car, which is currently submerged in 5m water.

EARLIER @ March 8 2019 | AN elderly woman has been rescued and rushed to hospital in a serious condition after her car left the road and plunged into a river in northern New South Wales.

It happened on Bridge Street at Lismore just before 4.30pm on Friday.

Police said the woman’s vehicle travelled down an embankment and crashed into Leycester Creek, which connects with the Wilsons River.

Strangers rushed to help pull the woman out of the vehicle before emergency services arrived.

She was treated at the scene before being rushed to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious condition.

It was not immediately known what caused the woman’s car to leave the road.

A crime scene has been established and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Local police, police rescue, SES volunteers, firefighters and paramedics were all dispatched to the scene.

Emergency services are attempting to retrieve the woman’s car from the water.

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