A man who was thrown 15 metres from the car he was driving after hitting two parked cars in Port Macquarie last night is in a stable condition.
The man, a 33-year-old Irish national in Australia on a work visa, smacked into the cars on Hill St about 7.20pm last night.
It is believed his car rolled and he was flung about 15m clear of the wreckage.
Emergency service personnel attended the scene and the driver was first taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital with serious head injuries. The driver, who was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital’s intensive care unit, is in a critical but stable condition with severe swelling to the brain.
Police said they believed speed and alcohol were factors in the accident.
Matt McLennan's report from last night:
A driver, who was flung from a vehicle, was clinging to life after a horror smash in Hill Street last night.
Police and emergency services attended the scene which looked more like a demolition derby than a sleepy suburb of Port Macquarie.
Emergency personnel at the scene said a car was travelling east along Hill Street at around 7.30pm on Sunday evening.
The driver encountered trouble at the crest of Hill Street near the Cross Street intersection.
The car being driven struck two parked cars before rolling and coming to rest.
Emergency personnel representatives said the driver was ejected from the vehicle during the accident.
At last report, the driver was in a serious but stable condition.
Emergency personnel worked late into the night to mop up fuel leaks.
The fire department was called in to make sure the accident scene was cleaned up.
One resident told the Port News that they heard the car coming from quite a distance away, came outside to see the car fly past at the point of impact.