A boat has collided head-on with a car at high-speed at Ingleside.

Just before 12.45pm this afternoon (Sunday, 09 July), emergency services were called to a report that a boat being towed on a trailer had fishtailed and collided with a vehicle heading in the other direction at Mona Vale Road, Ingleside, near Addison Road.

Boat collides with car at Ingleside

Emergency services attending the incident scene included officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command, crews from NSW Rural Fire Service, and Fire and Rescue NSW specialist rescue firefighters from Narrabeen Station.

Four NSW Ambulance crews also responded to the incident scene, including Intensive Care paramedics, a NSW Ambulance Inspector, and the Toll NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter.

Boat collides with car at Ingleside

On arrival, they were greeted with the aftermath of a high-speed head-on collision, with a white 2008 Mitsubishi Triton utility that had been travelling eastbound displaying evidence of significant front-end and roof damage, impacting the passenger compartment.

The two occupants of the Mitsubishi, a 53-year-old male driver and his 51-year-old female passenger, were reported to be trapped in the vehicle.

The female passenger was assisted from the vehicle just after 1.00pm and treated by paramedics for a serious cut to the back of her head and possible neck and spinal injuries. She was taken by NSW Ambulance to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.

The male driver of the Mitsubishi ute remained trapped however, due to the damage and his injured condition. Paramedics assessed the man in the vehicle with a very serious head wound, requesting the attendance of a critical care team, who arrived with the Toll NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter, landing at Terrey Hills Oval just before 1.15pm.

Boat collides with car at Ingleside

Specialist rescue firefighters from Narrabeen Station used hydraulic rescue tools to cut the man free of the wreckage, releasing him just after 1.15pm. In addition to a serious head injury, paramedics held concerns the man may have also sustained chest injuries.

He was then taken by an Intensive Care ambulance to meet the medical team at Terrey Hills Oval, before continuing by road with a doctor and critical care paramedic to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious condition.

NSW Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter at Terrey Hills Oval

It is understood both vehicles were travelling at the speed limit, which is 70 km/h, at the time of the collision. The serious nature of the incident resulted in the attendance of the NSW Police Crash Investigation Unit (CIU).

The exact cause of the collision is currently under investigation, but reports indicate that an older white sedan had been towing a medium sized boat westbound on a trailer when it may have ‘fishtailed’ into the path of the oncoming Mitsubishi.

Boat collides with car at Ingleside

A NSW Police spokesperson confirmed the details of the incident and also revealed the driver of the sedan has been arrested.

“About 12.40pm today (Sunday, 09 July 2023), emergency services were called to Mona Vale Road, Ingleside, following reports of a multi-vehicle collision.

“On arrival, officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command located two motor vehicles — a sedan, towing a boat and a ute — both damaged due to a collision.

“The driver of the ute — a 53-year-old man — and his 51-year-old female passenger were both removed from the car and treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.

“The driver of the sedan — a 34-year-old man — was arrested and taken to Manly Police Station for further inquiries.

“As inquiries continue, anyone with dashcam footage or any information are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” said the spokesperson.

Boat collides with car at Ingleside

The scene of the collision remained closed at 4.30pm, with public transport routes disrupted, and traffic diversions in place via Forest Way and the Wakehurst Parkway.

Images: Roger — Tow Corp, Northern Beaches Advocate, Terrey Hills Rural Fire Brigade

Update 6.00pm Sunday, 09 July: The Mitsubishi has been removed from the roadway by a tow truck. The NSW Traffic Management Centre Commander on scene has authorised eastbound lanes of Mona Vale Road to reopen. Westbound lanes are expected to reopen shortly.

Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000

NSW Police are seeking public assistance in relation to this matter. If you have any information that may assist them with their inquiries, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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