Motorists rescue nomads after M1 caravan crash

Published: April 30, 2021

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

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

Neil Death
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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.

1 year 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

1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Sharon Walker
1 year 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.

1 year 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
1 year 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.

3 months ago
Reply to  Bob Jones

“Not loaded properly”. You hit the nail on the head there, Bob. As a truckie who travels up to 1000km/day on country roads, I obviously see many caravans. Large numbers are clearly loaded incorrectly, and dangerously, often with too much weight forward of the axles, and the front of the van much lower than the rear. Many try to “fix” this with a weight distribution hitch, or one of the other fancy gadgets that are essentially a con-job. Loaded correctly, a van does not need these things, with many of them being absolutely useless at highway speed. Then we get those caravanners who fit huge tool boxes, jerry cans and bicycles to the rear bumper of the van, instantly creating yaw. Once the tail starts wagging the dog it’s all over, Rover. ALWAYS the weight on the wheels if the car should be AT LEAST 10% greater than the weight on the wheels of the van. If the caravan does not have load-sharing suspension it MUST be level when loaded, with slightly lower pressure in the tyres on the van’s front axle than is in the rear axle’s tyres. If not, the van is likely to pivot on its front axle, increasing the risk of yaw. Happy to explain this in detail, but often a WDH causes more trouble than it allegedly “fixes”. Think oversteer for starters, as well as extra weight on van’s axle group. This can cause the axle rating to be exceeded, so you’re immediately overloaded, unsafe and uninsured. Cheers

Last edited 3 months ago by Yobarr
1 month ago
Reply to  Yobarr

G’day Yobarr,
Interested in your statement re tyres on front axle slightly less pressure than rear. Makes sense to me. i’m a relatively experienced “towie”, having towed small trailers, large boats, and some caravans. Never heard of this before. What difference in tyre pressures are we talking about?
5PSI ?? thanks

1 year 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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