Around 6pm yesterday (July 3) emergency services were called to rescue an elderly man trapped in his car after it rolled into a drain on the side of Elliott Rd, South Lismore.
A Lismore Highway Patrol officer found the man still in his seat in the car, which was resting on the passenger side in the drain.
The Highway Patrol officer summoned Police Rescue after realising the way the vehicle had rolled was causing the seat belt to choke the driver.
Police Rescue officers gained access to the man, supporting his weight and stopping him from choking.
A commercial tow truck was then used to stabilise the vehicle so Police Rescue officers could assess the best way of removing the driver.
Once the seat belt was cut it was evident the driver was uninjured but he was taken to Lismore Base Hospital as a precaution.
The man explained that his mobile phone rang; he pulled to the side of the road to answer the call but in the dark did not see the drain, which is not marked with any guide posts, and his vehicle rolled onto the passenger side.