Updated 21/03: This article has been updated with additional information on the second incident.

Two serious incidents occurred at the same time yesterday, causing traffic chaos.

Just before 12.15pm yesterday (Sunday, 19 March), emergency services were called to a two-vehicle head-on collision at the intersection of Mona Vale Road, Ingleside, and Powderworks Road.

Just moments later, passers-by witnessed a cyclist collapse in the Bilgola Bends, at Barrenjoey Road, Bilgola Beach, frantically calling Triple Zero (000) before rushing to commence CPR.

Two vehicle head-on collision at Mona Vale Road, Ingleside

The two incidents blocked key choke points on Northern Beaches arterial roads, causing traffic mayhem.

Responding to the incident at Ingleside were officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command, NSW Ambulance, Fire and Rescue NSW Narrabeen Station, and NSW Rural Fire Service crews from Ingleside, Coal and Candle, and Terrey Hills.

An Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade volunteer arrived first on scene in her private vehicle, offering first aid assistance to the drivers and information to paramedics who were delayed by traffic build-up.

Two vehicle head-on collision at Mona Vale Road, Ingleside

The head-on collision occurred between two vehicles, a white Kia Picanto hatchback was travelling north, driven by a young woman understood to be in her late teens. It collided with a silver Toyota Hilux utility travelling south, driven by a 46-year-old man.

Estimated to have occurred at 60-70 km/h, both vehicles received extensive damage, with the Hilux running off the road and into a barrier fence. Concerns were initially held for the male driver of the Hilux, who was complaining of serious chest pain, believed to be a result of his seat belt restraining him.

Two vehicle head-on collision at Mona Vale Road, Ingleside

Firefighters from Narrabeen Station worked with paramedics to free the man from his vehicle, while the young woman in the Kia was able to get herself out of her own vehicle, and is understood to have been uninjured, despite extensive front end damage to her car.

The male driver of the Hilux was treated by paramedics for his chest injuries and lacerations to his head and was transported by road to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.

Two vehicle head-on collision at Mona Vale Road, Ingleside

Meanwhile, officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command and two NSW Ambulance crews, including Intensive Care Paramedics, were responding to the report of the cyclist collapsed.

Initial reports indicated the man was located on The Serpentine, but paramedics and police found the incident scene around 250m north of the southern turn-off into The Serpentine at Barrenjoey Road, Bilgola Beach.

NSW Ambulance waiting at Avalon Beach

Bystanders at the scene, who included an off duty nurse, paramedic and respiratory therapist, performed CPR on the man, with another member of the public bringing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

One of those who performed CPR, Cromer resident Marisela Montalvo, said the presence of three medically trained professionals with an AED, saved the man’s life.

“Three bystanders performed CPR on the 64-year-old gentleman. We delivered two shocks with the AED and managed to get a pulse back. I was administering rescue breaths and delivered the two shocks.

“I am a respiratory therapist from the United States, and the other two were an off duty paramedic and a nurse. We also had bystanders providing us shade with their umbrellas in the heat,” said Ms Montalvo.

When paramedics arrived, they found the man’s heart rhythm had been restored. He was immediately loaded into a NSW Ambulance, with officers from both ambulance crews, and taken to Northern Beaches Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The combination of incidents caused extensive traffic delays, including for emergency services themselves. A paramedic responding to another incident that also occurred just after 12.15pm, a non-acute surfing injury at Palm Beach of a 20-year-old male with a dislocated left shoulder, was delayed from arriving until 1.30pm.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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