- A grandmother and her grandson made death-defying escape from burning car
- The 62-year-old crashed into a power line, causing car to burst into huge flames
- The woman was able to drag 17-month-old toddler to safety, dodging live wires
- The crash left some property damaged in Annangrove, north Sydney, Tuesday
A grandmother and her 17-month-old grandson have made a death-defying escape after their car burst into flames.
The 62-year-old woman crashed into a power pole causing a huge fire at Annangrove, 43km north of Sydney, on Tuesday afternoon.
The grandmother was able to get out of the car and drag the toddler to safety moments before the car burst into flames.
A grandmother and her 17-month-old grandson made a death defying escape when their car burst into flames (pictured)
The grandmother was able to get out of the car (pictured) and drag the toddler to safety moments before the car burst into flames at Annangrove, 43km north of Sydney
A paramedic on his way to work heard the call for help and told 9 News the pair were lucky to be alive.
‘The intensity of the flames even when I arrived a few moments after would have made it impossible for any rescuers to get them out alive,’ NSW Ambulance acting inspector Peter Van Praage said.
Mr Praag helped the woman and her grandson escape the live power lines littered across the road after the crash and alerted NSW fire crews.
There are reports fatigue may have contributed to the crash as the grandmother was driving back from visiting the toddler’s great grand mother and were just a ‘few minutes’ away from home, according to 7 News.
The boy suffered injuries from a seat belt and is in a stable condition at a children’s hospital while his grandmother is in a stable condition at Westmead Hospital.
The 62-year-old woman was reportedly emotional when she realised there could have been ‘two fatalities’.
A paramedic on his way to work heard a call for help and told media they were lucky to be alive
The crash occurred just after midday and NSW chief inspector Brian Parsell told media the woman and the toddler were extremely lucky.
‘She’s very fortunate she wasn’t knocked unconscious in the collision because the outcome would have been completely different,’ Mr Parsell said.
‘We could have had potentially ended up with two fatalities today.’