A car burst into flames following a multi-car collision on the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Monday morning, injuring three people.
NSW Police confirmed emergency services were called to the Bradfield Highway at Millers Point around 7.10am after reports three vehicles had crashed, causing one to flip and catch fire.
Fire and Rescue NSW managed to extinguish the fire shortly after they arrived.
Six paramedic crews and a specialist medical team including a critical care paramedic and critical care doctor were dispatched to the scene.
The driver of a van believed to be a man in his 20s was trapped and freed before he was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Two of the drivers – a man in his 30s and a woman in her 60s – were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics, with the man taken to Royal North Shore Hospital and the woman to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Dashcam footage of the accident shows a black vehicle travelling along the Harbour Bridge before colliding head on with a van and flipping upside down and erupting in flames.
Specialist police investigating the crash
Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command have established a crime scene with specialist police from the Crash Investigation Unit to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Matthew Sigmund is acting superintendent of Fire and Rescue New South Wales spoke to the ABC, providing more details about the rescue.
"The extrication was undertaken by police rescue on scene and we assisted with that and provided fire protection," Mr Sigmund explained.
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"Police would have probably done a dash push, where we create room between the driver and the dash by spreading the dash forward, probably [they] had to cut a door off the side and then in conjunction with New South Wales Ambulance, with a medical plan, they would have, as safely but as quickly as possible removed that person from the van."
Giles Buchanan from NSW Ambulance praised bystanders and emergency service workers who helped those involved in the crash.
“A number of bystanders and other emergency service workers who risked their lives to assist these patients are absolute heroes, we can’t thank them enough," he said in a statement.
“One of the vehicles was well alight when we arrived on scene, it was an extraordinary effort to get the patient out of the vehicle safely.
“We urge all motorists to drive to the conditions, especially in this treacherous weather.”
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