A retired doctor was first on the scene of a single-vehicle accident southeast of Goulburn on Friday.
Retired surgeon Tom Lyttle was walking near his driveway, some 6km from Goulburn on the Windellama Road just after 5.30pm when he heard “a bang.”
A woman, believed to be from Goulburn, was driving south with her two young children, when she appeared to lose control in gravel, and skidded some 30 metres over the opposite side of the road. The Mazda sedan crashed into several smaller elm trees but missed a larger tree before crashing into a wooden fence.
Mr Lyttle said the children were out of the car by the time he reached the crash site, just a short distance away.
“They were on the road and in danger of being hit...so I was at least able to get them off and reassure them their mum was okay,” he told The Post.
Mr Lyttle contacted emergency services, which arrived within five minutes. The woman was trapped and he was not required to render first-aid.
Police Rescue, general duties officers, ambulance, NSW Fire and Rescue and the RFS attended the scene, the latter two as a precaution. Police Rescue freed her after a short time.
Police said the woman was taken to Canberra Hospital by road ambulance as a precaution with back injuries that were non-life threatening.
Relatives comforted the uninjured children at the scene.
Windellama-bound traffic was turned around while motorists travelling to Goulburn were stopped while emergency services were on scene. The road was re-opened at about 6.40pm.
The Mazda sustained extensive front-end damage and was towed to Goulburn.
Police are still investigating the accident’s cause.
Mr Lyttle said told The Post there had been three accidents on the bend in the past three years.