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The elderly male driver of a white Toyota Camry that veered off the road and crashed at East Ballina around 10am yesterday (Wednesday October 5) was unaware he had just had an accident, police say.

The crash happened near the intersection of Coogee Street and Hill Street, East Ballina.

Richmond LAC Inspector Nicole Bruce told Echonetdaily, ‘the vehicle appears to have crossed double lines and veered off road for unknown reason, proceeded up an embankment and collided with a large tree.’

She said the accident was witnessed by another driver, who assisted the occupants, an elderly couple.

‘Police questioned driver he appeared unaware of accident – so possibly it was medically related,’ Ins Bruce said.

Nearby resident Ursula Kotwa says she heard sirens and thought it was another shark attack .

‘I then left for work and realized it was a car crash,’ she wrote on the Ballina Information Exchange Facebook group.

‘I thought it was weird being a single car accident and the way the car was up the embankment. Hope the occupants are ok.’

The man was taken to Ballina Hospital for observation suffering minor injuries.

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