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Driver dies after vehicle careens off steep road in Main Arm

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A vehicle burst into flames after it careened off a road in Main Arm on Saturday, 18 April. RFS, police, Brunswick Valley Rescue, and ambulance attended the scene. The driver died at the scene.

A man has died in a vehicle accident after the vehicle careened off a steep road this afternoon in Main Arm.

Police, fire, and ambulance services were called to the scene of a fire in Upper Main Arm at around 2pm this afternoon. Locals had responded to the sounds of a car out of control as it came down a vey steep access route. When they got to the scene of the crash the vehicle and surrounding bush were alight.

RFS Group Commander Bob Graham and Acting Inspector of Tweed/Byron police district Rod Morris at the scene of the accident. Photo Aslan Shand.

‘The car was coming down a steep incline when it appears to have lost control, it then appears to have ploughed through the bush and the front of the vehicle then impacted with a large tree,’ Acting Inspector of Tweed/Byron police district Rod Morris told Echonetdaily at the scene.

‘The cabin appears to have caught on fire and the driver was unable to escape. The local rural fire service (RFS) were called to the incident and controlled the bushfire.’

Ambulance personnel attended the scene and determined that the driver was deceased. The Westpac helicopter was called off.

Around six police vehicles, three RFS vehicles, two Brunswick Valley Rescue vehicles, and an ambulance attended the scene.

The crime investigation unit is currently at the scene investigating the cause of the accident. The local RFS remains on the scene for fire mitigation.

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  1. Ry was one of the nicest people i have met in my life.a beautiful young man & it was always a pleasure to serve you at the servo.you touched my life just knowing you.sorry to hear about the way you had to pass,nobody deserves that.rest in peace ry

  2. Me and two mates got there first.we tried calling out to Rye but was to late…we went searching before the rfs or anybody had arrived thinking he may have been flung out ..nothing else could be done! Rest in peace Brother my hart goes out to your family…….


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