A tow-truck driver has warned motorists to check their blind spots after a car became wedged under a semi-trailer in Batemans Bay on Wednesday, May 15.
Help was needed when the vehicle collided with the truck exiting the Batemans Bay Village Centre's loading ramp at about 4.30pm.
The Toyota coupe had become stuck beneath the semi-trailer's underride bars.
Jayden Croaker, of Croakers Towing Batemans Bay, said the female driver was lucky to leave the accident uninjured.
Common sense isn't as common anymore.Jayden Croaker
"The bars are there for safety on the truck so cars can't actually get run over," he said.
However, the safety bars still caused plenty of damage to the vehicle.
"One piece went through the front window right at the steering-wheel," Mr Croaker said.
"The bars were pretty bent and manipulated; they could have hit her in the head which might have been nasty."
The driver escaped from the passenger side of the vehicle, which remained stuck under the bars of the truck.
NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command attended the scene and diverted traffic to North Street and Beach Street.
With the help of two spanners, tow-truck operator Brett Croaker was able to assist.
"He had to be careful removing the bolts to the bars because there was a lot of tension," Mr Croaker said.
"The bars did a great job; without them the trailer wheels could have easily climbed over the car."
Within 10-minutes, the bars were removed and the car dislodged.
Mr Croaker said the car's right hand side; from the guard, window, roof and door was damaged.
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He said it was a interesting accident to occur in a rural area.
"Situations like this happen more in cities," Mr Croaker said.
Unsure how the collision happened, Mr Croaker reminded drivers to be aware of their "blind spots".
Croakers Towing Batemans Bay has been operating in the area for 70-years. Over the year's, Mr Croaker has noticed drivers' awareness was decreasing.
"Common sense isn't as common anymore," he said.
"We often don't get police assistance and people won't slow down when we are on the highway doing jobs on our own.
"Especially in our area, there's not a lot of break-down shoulders," he said.