Driver of ‘stolen car’ in Sydney Harbour Bridge crash yet to be identified
Police are yet to formally identify the driver of a fiery crash on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the man still under sedation in hospital.
A Toyota Kluger SUV, believed to have been stolen from the CBD before the crash, struck two other vehicles before it rolled and burst into flames on the bridge at 7.10am yesterday.
Detective Superintendent Rohan Cramsie told Today police have spoken to “a number of witnesses who were either on the bridge at the time or who may have seen the lead-up to the actual collision itself”.
But he said there is “still a lot of work to be done”.
“There’s still many pieces of this puzzle that we want to put together,” Mr Cramsie said.
The driver of the allegedly stolen SUV remains in hospital.
“He is still under sedation. He’s being treated for some very serious injuries,” Mr Cramsie said.
“At this stage, we haven’t been able to speak to him.
“Indeed, we haven’t even been able to identify who he is.
“We’re hoping to be able to do that later today.”
Mr Cramsie has once again commended the courageous actions of bystanders who jumped in to help bring the drivers involved in the crash to safety.
“They haven’t considered their own safety,” he said.
“They have stopped their cars.
“They have got out.
“They have gone and done whatever they could possibly do to pull someone from a car which inevitably ended up on fire.”
Detective Superintendent Cramsie said dashcam footage of the crash was “extremely confronting” and “horrifying to watch”.
“I can only begin to imagine what the other drivers would have witnessed and experienced when they saw that vehicle coming towards them, which we would allege would be above the speed limit,” he said.
In the footage, a car is seen travelling at speed down the Sydney Harbour Bridge, merging between lanes.
Trying to apparently overtake a truck, the car collides with an oncoming vehicle before rolling onto its roof.
A burst of flame is seen before the footage ends.
A Traffic Management Centre worker who was nearby and heard the crash raced to the scene and helped drag a van with a trapped man away from the fire.
Two of the drivers, a man and a woman, were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of a van had to be freed from his vehicle by emergency services and was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The fire was extinguished by Fire and Rescue NSW but lengthy traffic delays continued.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan also joined in on praising the rescuers.
“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.
“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.”
NSW Fire and Rescue Acting Superintendent Matt Sigmund revealed the quick thinking of a Traffic Management Centre worker had also helped save the trapped van driver.
“One of the traffic commanders came up to the incident in the very early stages, because he heard it, and actually dragged the van that had the person trapped in it away from the other vehicle that was on fire,” Mr Sigmund told Today.
“He’s done a fantastic job there.”