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Elderly female driver plunges six metres from Tweed car park

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Police say that around 11.45am yesterday (Wednesday), the woman was attempting to leave the car park of a shopping centre in Tweed Heads when she was involved in a minor collision with another vehicle.

She drove on at speed and crashed through the safety barrier, plummeting six metres, continued to drive forward for another 100 metres before crashing into an outdoor barbecue area and coming to a stop.

She was helped out of the vehicle by members of the public and was taken by ambulance paramedics for treatment.

She remains in a critical condition at Tweed Heads Intensive Care Unit.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the crash.

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  1. This incident could well be connected to the entrenched practice of squeezing unworkable numbers of car spaces into modern car parks.

    Whoever designs shopping centre carparks these days clearly doesn’t drive a car.

    Greed I suspect.

  2. Joe,
    Underground car parks are the answer.
    Council were going to build an underground car park at Tweed Heads Civic Centre. That was when Tweed Heads had the university. They moved the university out but did not do anything about the parking. Nah, they didn’t build that car park.
    Then they were going to build a huge underground car park exactly where this accident happened, right under the road beside Tweed Mall with a pedestrian tunnel to Twin Towns Services Club. That was to be a three-way service for the Club and Tweed Mall as well as the Tweed CBD. Nah, they did not build that one either.
    Did you hear about the underground car-park they were going to build at Kingscliff. Nah they did not build that one either. Now Kingscliff has a parking problem.


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