TWO MEN, aged in their early twenties, have been hospitalised after their utility ended up in the Tweed River at Jack Evans Boat Harbour on Friday, May 12.
Tweed Police said it was about 10pm when they spotted the white late model Hilux, travelling along Coral Street at Tweed Heads.
Police said in a media release that the utility came to their attention after they noticed the manner in which it was being driven.
As the utility was returning to the roadway, police indicated for the vehicle to stop. However, as police approached the ute they allege the driver accelerated away from the officers.
A search for the vehicle began with residents of a nearby building directing emergency services to a submerged vehicle in the river.
A 21-year-old man, who was the driver, sustained minor cuts to his right knee and possible fractures.
His passenger, a 22-year-old man, sustained a possible broken hand.
Firefighters from Tweed Heads attended the scene and said the driver may have lost control on a bend and ended up in the boat harbor.
“Firefighters deployed hydrocarbon booms from 468 Otter to absorb any oil/fuel that was leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was removed and the booms left in place overnight,” firefighters said.
“The scene will be revisited today to check the extent of any spill into the water.
“One person was taken by ASNSW to Tweed Hospital with relatively minor injuries.”
The pair will be spoken to on their release from hospital.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.