Topics:  car crash, heart attack, princess alexandra hospital

Man fights for his life after crash

Police at the crash scene.
Police at the crash scene. Claudia Baxter

A FORMER firefighter desperately tried to help a man who crashed his vehicle into a Brassall unit complex after suffering a heart attack yesterday.

The 65-year-old man was last night fighting for his life in the Princess Alexandra Hospital after suffering two suspected heart attacks and injuries associated with a high-speed crash.

The man's Ford Falcon sedan cannoned into the front fence of a neighbour's unit after crashing into another car in the complex on Hayes St, about 6.30am.

Neighbour Phil Unwin said he rushed outside after hearing a loud engine revving and two loud bangs.

"I heard the first bang and I thought I was dreaming," Mr Unwin said.

"Then I heard the car revving loudly, which was followed by a second, huge bang."

The man had suffered a heart attack just as he was pulling out of the driveway of his brother's house.

Unable to control the vehicle, he sideswiped his brother's car before ploughing into a fence about 20m further down the driveway, narrowly missing other residences.

When Mr Unwin rushed outside, he saw the man lying face down on the ground next to the car, which was perched on top of a small retaining wall with significant front end damage and both air bags deployed.

"I rang 000 and then went straight over to him," he said.

Paramedics arrived within a few minutes and worked on the man extensively before rushing him to hospital.

It was believed the man suffered a second heart attack on the way to hospital. He remained in a critical condition yesterday.



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