RESCUE: Queensland Fire and Rescue officer Shane Cartwright and paramedics pull the blind 26-year-old Crestmead woman from the wreckage.
RESCUE: Queensland Fire and Rescue officer Shane Cartwright and paramedics pull the blind 26-year-old Crestmead woman from the wreckage. Georja Ryan

Cliff-face rescue

A BLIND woman spent 12 hours upside down in a car after it slid off the road and down a cliff near Carr's Lookout on Sunday night.

The Holden Commodore station wagon was travelling east along Spring Creek Rd at 10.30pm, when fog and slippery conditions caused the car to lose traction and slip off the road.

It slammed into a tree, fortunately stopping the vehicle from falling a further 100m down the cliff's edge.

A 44-year-old man was driving himself, a 55-year-old woman, the 26-year-old blind woman and their dog home to Crestmead from the Tamworth Country Music Festival where the trio busked at the weekend.

The man managed to free himself from the wreckage at 6am and sought help.

Three fire crews, two ambulances, two tow trucks, two RACQ vehicles and one police vehicle attended the site at 7.20am.

Queensland Fire and Rescue supervisor Dennis Burton said they freed the 55- year-old and dog on arrival.

"We extracted one lady out of the car with possible broken ribs," Mr Burton said.

She complained of chest pains and was flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

Emergency crews retrieved the 26-year-old woman from the car about 10.15am and she was taken to Warwick Hospital with suspected minor injuries.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Services officer Shane Cartwright was in the vehicle with a paramedic during the haulage and said the operation was a success.

"It's an excellent outcome for us and the QAS and QPS; a really good team effort," he said.

Further along Spring Creek Road, another vehicle lay smashed up against a tree.

It too took a plunge off the cliff's edge at 5.30am yesterday morning.

A police spokesman said the male driver was able to free himself, escaping uninjured.


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