A MAN has been charged and had his license suspended after a crash which seriously injured a woman at Morisset on Monday.
Police allege the 20-year-old provisional license holder was driving a Holden Commodore station wagon along the M1 about 6.40am when he crashed into the back of a Toyota Hilux.
The impact sent the Toyota over a bridge and it landed in a creek, police said.
The female driver, believed to be aged in her 50s, was trapped for more than half an hour before she was extricated by police rescue crews and flown to the John Hunter Hospital.
The alleged driver of the Commodore was arrested at The Entrance police station about 4.25pm on Monday.
He was taken to Wyong police station to be interviewed by officers attached to Newcastle Crash Investigation Unit.
He was later charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
His licence has been suspended and he was granted conditional bail to appear in Wyong Local Court on December 1.
INITIAL REPORT: A WOMAN is in hospital after her car was hit from behind, sending it over a bridge and into a creek.
Police allege a 20-year-old man was driving a Holden Commodore station wagon at high speed along the M1 at Morisset about 6.40am on Monday when his car collided with the woman’s Toyota Hilux.
Following the crash, which occurred just past Mandalong Road, the Toyota was propelled over a bridge and landed in a creek.
The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was trapped for about 30 minutes before she was flown with serious head, chest, leg and arm injuries to John Hunter Hospital.
Her condition was downgraded from critical to serious but stable on Monday afternoon.
The man, a red P-plater, escaped uninjured but was arrested and underwent mandatory blood and urine tests. He was released without charge.
The motorway was closed in a northbound direction between Mandalong Road and Cessnock Road for most of the morning, causing heavy traffic conditions with motorists queued about 7.5 kilometres.
Motorists who tried to detour through Speers Point were faced with more congestion caused by an oil spill along The Esplanade near the intersection with Main Road.