A MAN was pinned underneath a car for three hours after he crashed, west of Bowraville, on Sunday night.
The 55-year-old lost control of a Subaru station wagon and rolled about 20 metres down an embankment on North Arm Rd, approximately 19km west of Bowraville.
The vehicle came to rest precariously on its side and the man's leg was pinned underneath.
The accident on Argent's Hill was reported to emergency services at 6.53pm, police said.
Ambulance, Police, Fire and Rescue NSW, and Volunteer Rescue Association crews scaled down a steep vegetated embankment in a major rescue effort.
"Rescue members used vertical rescue techniques to firstly stabilize the vehicle and roll it partially to release the driver who was then hauled up to a waiting paramedic squad," Nambucca Heads VRA Captain Christopher Pearson said.
"It was a difficult and extended operation.
Ambulance Media said the man was released around 9.30pm.
He suffered lower limb injuries and was reported to be in a stable condition.
"The man was placed in a hip and pelvis splint as a precaution and his condition was upgraded to serious as he was transported to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital," Ambulance Media said.
After his condition took a turn for the worst, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to meet the ambulance at the Bowraville Sports Ground.
The man was airlifted to the Coffs Harbour Hospital where he was admitted to the emergency ward around midnight.
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