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Car into Swansea Channel after crashing off Swansea Bridge

Thursday, 01 June 2017 02:21:31 AM

A woman is in hospital after a single-vehicle crash in Swansea yesterday.

Shortly after 5.30pm (Wednesday 31 May 2017), a V8 Ford Falcon was being driven onto the Pacific Highway from Belmont Street, Swansea in northerly direction onto the Swansea Bridge.

The driver has lost control and crashed through a pedestrian safety barrier and then has crashed through the bridge safety barrier. The car has gone into the Swansea Channel and started to submerge.

The 40-year-old female driver and sole occupant, was able to climb out of the open driver’s window and swam to shore.

The woman was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not considered life threatening.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command attended and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

The vehicle is submerged east of the bridge in the channel. Police are asking boat owners to be vigilant when navigating in the area.

Pacific Highway lane 2 northbound is currently closed whilst repairs to the bridge take place.

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Police are urging anyone with information on the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.