The driver of a Mercedes that crashed into a tree at Mona Vale Road fled the scene.

Just before 4.00am this morning (Monday, 20 November), emergency services were called to a report of a single vehicle collision after a car had gone off the road at Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills.

Initial reports to Triple Zero (000) indicated that a person may be trapped in a Mercedes sedan that had left the roadway and collided with a tree.

The first reports incorrectly located the incident close to Aumuna Road, but after a short search by NSW Police, they located the vehicle close to St Ives Showground, off the eastbound lanes.

Shortly after 4.00am, four NSW Police units, two NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews from Northern Beaches Headquarters and Terrey Hills Rural Fire Brigade, and a NSW Ambulance crew arrived on scene. One of the eastbound lanes of Mona Vale Road was closed to traffic.

Driver decamps after crash at Mona Vale Road

They found the white Mercedes sedan had run off the road and into a tree, at what appeared to be moderate speed. Airbags had deployed in the car, but nobody was trapped, and in fact, nobody was with the vehicle at all.

Realising the driver had either fled, or had perhaps wandered from the scene in an attempt to get help, police called for the assistance of the Police Dog Unit to search the nearby area.

Just before 5.00am, they determined the driver and any other potential occupants of the vehicle were not in the immediate vicinity. The car was towed from the scene shortly before 5.45am and both eastbound lanes were reopened.

NSW Police were contacted for comment but were unable to say if the vehicle had been stolen. The matter remains under investigation.

Images: NSW RFS

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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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