FATAL: Man Dies After Being Trapped in Submerged Vehicle
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Police are investigating the death of a driver who was found trapped in his overturned hatchback, submerged in a creek 80km north-west of Grafton.
Officers from Coffs Clarence Police District have been told the 67 year old man left a friend’s home at Lionsville about 6pm on Saturday, to drive to his home in Upper Fine Flower.
Police believe the vehicle has crashed off Yulgilbar Bridge at Upper Fine Flower only minutes after leaving the property, falling 6-8 metres into the creek below, landing on its roof.
Due to the hatchback coming to rest between the bridge and the embankment, it wasn’t until shortly before 9:30am on Monday, that it was noticed by a passing motorist.
The driver was found deceased in the upturned vehicle, which was submerged in more than a metre of water.
Police Rescue officers from Lismore were called to the scene to assist with the retrieval operation.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.