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Passenger seriously injured; driver flees scene near Cessnock

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 01:41:01 PM

A passenger has been seriously injured and police are searching for the driver after a single-vehicle crash near Cessnock.

About 1.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 9 March 2021), a blue Ford Falcon was travelling east on Abernethy Street, Abernethy, about 7km south-east of Cessnock, when the vehicle left the road and hit a tree stump.

A 28-year-old male front seat passenger was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.

Police have been told the driver fled the scene without rendering assistance prior to the arrival of emergency services.

Officers attached to Hunter Valley Police District established a crime scene, with the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit commencing an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

As inquiries continue into the whereabouts of the driver, police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who may have dashcam footage or CCTV of the incident and the moments after to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.