Motorists rescue nomads after M1 caravan crash

Published: April 30, 2021
grey nomads in caravan rollover

A grey nomad couple who crashed their car towing a caravan have been rescued by brave drivers who formed a human chain.

9News.com.au reports that the couple, in their 70s, were travelling along the M1 towards Sydney just ahead of the Berowra exit, at around 11.20am.

Photos from the scene show the caravan on one side, and the crumpled car being towed away.

Witness Jim told 2GB that motorists stopped to save the couple and their pet dog.

“We formed a human chain to take the lady out of the car and her pet dog,” he said. “We were scared the car was going to roll down the hill … lucky the caravan was wrapped around the pole to hold the car back.”

Jim said he then pulled over a truckie.

“We got a massive strap and secured the car to the guard rail and we were able to pull the gentleman out of the car as well,” he said.

NSW Ambulance told 9News.com.au that – miraculously – no one had any major injuries or were even taken to hospital.

The man had some minor back pain, but his wife and their dog were completely unharmed.

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Grant Ottewill
8 months ago

I am more interested in how and why the accident occurred, so maybe we can all learn something.

Neil Death
8 months ago
Reply to  Grant Ottewill

No one ever says how these accidents happen, no matter how may times we ask tat question. They show these accidents in the Grey Nomads and never follow up in latter editions.

Robert King
8 months ago
Reply to  Grant Ottewill

Absolutely yes.
There is never any post-mortem about these accidents, ever.
So maybe its time to reveal the cause without the sensationalism

Keith I
8 months ago
Reply to  Grant Ottewill

I agree, did they have ant sway system like Dexter?
Did they have automatic braking (similar to Redarc) rather than manual braking that some older systems have.

keith gillespie
8 months ago

It is important that the cause of this and all caravan accidents is determined. and setout for all caravan drivers to be able to learn from.

Rod Gray
8 months ago

Glad all were safe.
Well done everyone involved.
Accidents happen, but would be good to get the post reports rather than speculate what may have.

Mark
8 months ago
Reply to  Rod Gray

Nice of you to know if their safe the only comment I read to show concerns for these unfortunate nomads

Geoff
8 months ago

I agree this the above comments, it would greatly help other caravaners what caused the incident so we can take precautions to ovoid a similar situation.

Ray Spindler
8 months ago

First thing reported was Grey Nomads in there 70’s.
So there is the cause.
How about this ” a couple towing a caravan had an accident”
Dosent have the same impact does it.

John Roberts
8 months ago

How when where and most importantly WHY…PLEASE WE NEED THIS DATA.

Sharon Walker
8 months ago

We’re getting this wonderful publication free as interesting reading. I’m sure Grey Nomad Times does not have a network of paid reporters but relies on info supplied, in this case 2GB. You can ring the police or radio station to get more details.

rod
8 months ago

We’ll probably find that human error will be the cause. But with all the crazy left wing crap getting around now, there will be no finger pointing or blame allocation. Never mind that , as everyone is indicating, to be shown/told how & why the accident occurred will be a big help to ensuring we don’t make the same mistake, but no! No blame must be allocated.

Bob Jones
8 months ago

I agree with all the above I continually see caravans being towed on the new Pacific Highway between Coffs and Arrawarra at around 110 Ks witch is far too fast 90-100 is plenty and you enjoy the trip more .Often towed by wrong vehicle and not loaded properly.

SueMik
7 months ago

Do people really want to know why this happened so they can be educated or is it pure curiosity. If you don’t have an idea why this has happened then you should question why you’re towing a van. If they said it was brake failure are you now suddenly going to be super vigilant about your brakes?

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