A head-on collision involving three cars caused traffic chaos on Mona Vale Road.

Just after 2.15pm this afternoon (Thursday, 10 August), emergency services were called to a report of a head-on collision at Mona Vale Road, Ingleside, near a section of roadworks a few hundred metres west of Tumburra Street.

The primary collision was between two vehicles, a utility and VW hatch, which are understood to have been travelling at the speed limit. They collided head-on, with driver side impact, causing significant damage to both vehicles and trapping a couple in their 70s.

The collision is understood to have also resulted in damage to a third vehicle, which was indirectly involved. The female driver of that vehicle was assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics but not taken to hospital.

Head-on collision at Mona Vale Road, Ingleside

The couple in the VW hatchback were trapped in their car as a result of the collision. Specialist rescue firefighters from Narrabeen Station arrived on scene and set up their hydraulic cutting tools to assist with the removal of the couple from their vehicle. They were able to get the woman out of the passenger side of the vehicle just after 2.45pm, and the male driver was released just after 3.00pm.

They were handed over into the care of NSW Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedics, including NSW Ambulance Inspector Ronnie Mawhinney. The CareFlight Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the incident scene, landing at Terrey Hills Oval at Beltana Avenue, Terrey Hills, shortly before 3.00pm, with the CareFlight doctor and critical care paramedic conveyed to the incident scene by NSW Police just as the male driver of the VW was released.

The couple, who remained conscious and alert throughout the ordeal, were assessed for injury by paramedics and treated with spinal precautions. The CareFlight medical team also conducted an ultrasound assessment to determine the extent of any internal injuries. They were taken by NSW Ambulance to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious but stable condition just before 3.30pm.

Head-on collision at Mona Vale Road, Ingleside

Despite extensive frontal damage to the utility, the 44-year-old male driver and sole occupant was not trapped in his vehicle. He was assessed by paramedics for minor injuries and was taken in a stable condition to Royal North Shore Hospital as a precaution.

Terrey Hills and Ingleside Rural Fire Brigades were on scene to assist manage the incident scene, establishing fire protection lines for the trapped vehicle and assisting police to maintain traffic control.

The crash resulted in the closure of Mona Vale Road in both directions, at a pinch point with no alternative local diversions. Extensive traffic delays resulted, with the road remaining closed at 5.00pm for the scene to be examined by the NSW Police Crash Investigation Unit.

Head-on collision at Mona Vale Road, Ingleside

A NSW Police spokesperson confirmed the collision was now subject to an investigation, and the road would remain closed until that had taken place.

“Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command have established a crime scene and are awaiting the arrival of specialist police.

“Major traffic delays are being experienced and motorist are urged to avoid the area.

“Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the crash — or has any available dashcam/mobile phone footage — to contact Dee Why Police Station on 02 9971 3399 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” said the NSW Police spokesperson.

NSW Police and RFS firefighters will remain at the incident scene until the investigation is completed and the road can be reopened.

UPDATE: Mona Vale Road was reopened in both directions just after 8.15pm this evening (Thursday, 10 August).

Images: NSW RFS — Terrey Hills Rural Fire Brigade, Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade

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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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