FATAL CRASH: The scene of the accident on the Kings Highway on Sunday afternoon.The quick- thinking actions of aMalua Bay man could have saved a young woman’s life on Sunday.
Matthew Greig came across a single car crash on Sunday,about 2.30pm,12km east of Braidwood on the Kings Highway.
The driver of the Mitsubishi sedan, a 33-year-old man, died at the scene.
Mr Greig, an off-duty tow truck driver, had been on his way to Wagga Wagga andwas one of the first on the scene of thefatal crash.
“The carhad left the road and it has snapped through two trees before crashing into a large tree,” Mr Greigsaid.
“I saw that the driver was deceased. The engine was still running and the the horn was going.”
Mr Greig called on his experience asa tow truck driver and panel beater to make the situation as safe as he could.
“I crimped the fuel line and this stopped the engine, and then I pulled the wires to the horn to stop it,” he said.
“Then I heard the woman in the car. She was only a young lady, about in her early 20s.
“She was trapped but she only had few little scratches.”
Mr Greig’s 23 years as a tow truck driver gave him the composure he needed to deal withthe situation.
“I had the police contract in Wagga so I have seen many terrible crashes before,” he said.
He and a off-duty fireman helped calm the young woman until all fire, ambulance and police units had arrived.
“She was freed from the car and taken to Canberra by ambulance,” Mr Greig said.
Police report the woman was treated at the scene for minor injuries and takento Canberra Hospital for observation.
Officers from Monaro Local Area Command are in attendance and specialist police are investigatingthe incident and areport is being prepared for the Coroner.
With the end of the holiday weekend, there are heavy traffic conditions in the area and motorists are being warned to expect significant delays.
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