by Bill North
UPDATE 3.30PM: A woman who tragically died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash on the Summerland Way was conscious when emergency services arrived at the scene.
The woman, aged in her 60s, was a passenger in the southbound Daihatsu wagon when it struck a tree, spun and landed down an embankment at Dilkoon 25km north of Grafton at about 1pm today.
Police have confirmed the female passenger was trapped and treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics; however, died at the scene.
"It was difficult for emergency services to access the vehicle to free the passenger," duty officer Inspector Jo Reid said.
"She had leg injuries and when initial responders were at the scene she was conscious and talking to ambulance. Unfortunately her condition deteriorated while being treated by ambulance and she passed away."
It is understood the male driver was her husband, who was transported to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition. He will undergo mandatory drug and urine testing. The Crash Investigation Unit are at the scene.
"The driver of the vehicle was conveyed to Lismore with chest pains from the steering wheel."
A brief will be prepared for the information of the Coroner and investigations are continuing.
The couple were travelling south from Brisbane to Newcastle.
UPDATE 3PM: A woman has died following a single-vehicle crash on the Summerland Way 25km north of Grafton today.
Grafton Police duty officer Inspector Jo Reid confirmed the tragedy.
"A woman passed away at the scene," Insp Reid said.
"The scene is now secured and the crash investigation team from Lismore Police are currently on their way to the scene."
It is understood the woman was a passenger in the vehicle. The woman and the driver were the only occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
It is understood the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service was called to the aid of the woman, who was reported trapped in the vehicle at about 1pm.
WEDNESDAY 2PM: Emergency services including the Grafton SES are at the scene of a crash on the Summerland Way 25km north of Grafton.
Newcastle Fire Communications said NSW Fire and Rescue were called to the incident at about 1pm today and confirmed an elderly female is trapped inside a vehicle.
Live Traffic NSW reported the incident as a two-vehicle accident in the vicinity of Sportsmans Creek north of Dilkoon (UPDATE: the incident was a single-vehicle accident).
Motorists using the Summerland Way are advised to exercise caution. Traffic is affected in both directions with alternating traffic management in place.
For the latest information, visit www.livetraffic.com or phone 132 701.
"It was difficult for emergency services to access the vehicle to free the passenger," duty officer Inspector Jo Reid said. "When initial responders were at the scene she was conscious and talking."