Toc. man airlifted after crash at Blighty

By Southern Riverina News

A 57 year-old Tocumwal man was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital following a two vehicle crash at Blighty on Saturday evening.

The man, who was a passenger in a sedan which collided with a turning vehicle on the Riverina Highway, was initially taken to Shepparton by ambulance in a stable condition but with chest, back and pelvic injuries.

NSW Ambulance inspector of service delivery southern sector Bruce Purves said after arriving in Shepparton the man was transferred to Melbourne. The man is still in a Melbourne hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.

The sedan he was in was travelling toward Deniliquin when it was involved in a collision with a ute believed to have been turning into Pyles Rd.

The 57 year-old was one of four people in the car. The driver, a 19 year-old Finley woman, was left with a fractured wrist and was taken to Deniliquin Hospital in a stable condition.

Two other passengers — a 19 year-old Blighty woman and 22 year-old Blighty man — were also taken to Deniliquin Hospital in a stable condition. The woman reportedly had chest pain from the seat belt, while the man had head lacerations.

Deniliquin, Finley and Berrigan Ambulance NSW paramedics responded to the accident, along with one supervisor.

Also providing assistance were Blighty Rural Fire Service volunteers and police from Deniliquin.

Police said the driver of the ute, a 38 year-old Finley man, was uninjured. They said he was breath tested at the scene and then taken to Deniliquin Police Station where an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.096 was recorded.

The man was charged with mid-range prescribed content of alcohol and issued with a court attendance notice.