An elderly woman was pulled from a car that had rolled over at Bilgola Plateau.

Just after 4.30pm yesterday afternoon (Thursday, 28 September), emergency services responded to a report of a car on its side at Argyle Street, Bilgola Plateau.

Concerned neighbours came from their homes to offer assistance to an 86-year-old woman who had been travelling south along Argyle Street in her dark-grey Kia Cerato when she collided with a parked Hyundai Elantra. The impact caused her vehicle to tip onto its passenger side and come to rest against another parked vehicle, a 1993 Toyota LandCruiser.

Car rollover at Argyle Street, Bilgola Plateau

Officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command and firefighters from Avalon Station were on scene within 15 minutes, accessing the elderly female driver in the vehicle who was restrained by the seatbelt. She did not appear seriously hurt, but with access only via the upturned driver side doors, they were unable to easily release her from the car.

Car rollover at Argyle Street, Bilgola Plateau

Additional specialist rescue firefighters arrived from Narrabeen Station, along with NSW Ambulance Intensive Care paramedics. The woman’s husband was also at the incident scene watching on as firefighters assessed how to best remove her from the vehicle.

Car rollover at Argyle Street, Bilgola Plateau

Firefighters carefully lifted the elderly woman from the vehicle (image above) and passed her gently and slowly through hands back to the ground, where she was able to stand unaided.

Car rollover at Argyle Street, Bilgola Plateau

A thoughtful neighbour brought out a chair for the woman to sit on while she was assessed by paramedics, who determined she had not sustained any life-threatening injuries and called off additional ambulance resources that had been placed on stand-by in case of serious injury.

She was nonetheless taken to Northern Beaches Hospital in a stable condition for further assessment. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

Car rollover at Argyle Street, Bilgola Plateau

With the tipped car completely blocking Argyle Street to traffic, firefighters set about solving the problem of removing the vehicle from the road.

They established an exclusion zone for the public and set up a dual Tirfor winch system, to stabilise the car and manage a controlled righting of the vehicle.

Car rollover at Argyle Street, Bilgola Plateau

They carefully lowered it back onto all four wheels just before 5.30pm, and moved it to the side of the road to allow traffic to pass, including a bus whose route had been delayed for almost an hour by the incident.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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