Tradie walks away after being trapped when ute crushed by a truck

Tradie miraculously walks away after being trapped for two hours when his ute was crushed by a rubbish truck on a notorious stretch of road

  • 30-year-old emerged with just cuts and bruises after being trapped in ute 
  • It happened at infamous stretch of road known locally as the Bilgola Bends
  • NSW Ambulance said it’s a miracle the man only suffered minor injuries

By Padraig Collins For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 05:50, 24 January 2022 | Updated: 05:50, 24 January 2022

A tradesman was miraculous not seriously injured when his ute was crushed by a rubbish truck in a freak road accident.

Despite being trapped for more than two and a half hours after the truck rolled over onto his vehicle, the 30-year-old man emerged with only minor cuts to his head, neck, shoulder, and legs.   

The crash happened near the intersection of Barrenjoey Road and The Serpentine at Bilgola Beach just before 7am. 

The infamous stretch of road is known locally as the Bilgola Bends and is the site of numerous other crashes including of a high-end sports car in 2006.

A rubbish truck (pictured) overturned onto a ute on Sydney’s Northern Beaches on Monday.

The driver was trapped for more than two hours, but was barely hurt

Emergency services said the man was conscious and talking throughout the rescue. 

‘It’s a miracle this patient only suffered minor injuries,’ NSW Ambulance inspector David Lambert said.

‘The ute was completely crushed and the driver trapped in the vehicle.

‘It was quite a while before we could get full access, but luckily paramedics managed to administer fluids and pain relief while the truck was being removed.’

Mr Lambert also thanked others who helped out with the operation to get the ute driver out safely.  

‘The civilian crane team who came to the scene were an integral part of this complex rescue operation – and they did a great job,’ he said.

The heavy lift crane removed the garbage truck from the crushed utility.

NSW Fire and Rescue said the truck was removed at 8.56am and the man freed from the crushed cabin of his vehicle at 9.27am.

Tradie walks away after being trapped when ute crushed by a truck

The scene where on Monday where a rubbish truck (pictured) overturned onto a utility vehicle

The NSW Ambulance rescue helicopter, with a trauma crew on board, landed on nearby Newport Oval to help out with the rescue.

‘Paramedics treated the patient in the cabin of the ute while he was still trapped,’ Ambulance NSW said.

The driver was then stabilised before he was driven to the helicopter and then flown to Royal North Shore Hospital for a check-up.

The driver of the overturned truck was taken to the Northern Beaches Hospital in Frenchs Forest for treatment.

Traffic along Barrenjoey Road was diverted during the rescue.

Northern Beaches Police are investigating the accident.

Tradie walks away after being trapped when ute crushed by a truck

Rescuers (pictured) helping a man trapped in a ute that was crushed by a rubbish truck

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