Four people departed a Unanderra street in ambulances Friday afternoon following a road crash spread 50 metres across the roadway.
Part of Albert Street was closed to traffic as emergency services came to the aid of the injured.
An orange Kia carrying an 87-year-man and his 80-year-old female passenger collided with a white Subaru, shortly before 1pm. The Kia travelled 50 metres before coming to rest on the wrong side of the road.
The woman had a pre-existing heart problem, and suffered chest pain.
The man suffered cuts – including a significant head wound – and pain to his lower limbs, said NSW Ambulance Inspector Norm Rees.
“The elderly male driver was was trapped by confinement for 20 minutes,” he said. “The men [in the Subaru] some significant seatbelt injuries.”
The Subaru mounted the curb near the corner of Grace Street.
Its occupants, aged 25 and 27, were transported to Wollongong Hospital and were discharged later in the afternoon.
The elderly pair remained at the hospital late Friday, both in a stable condition.
Lake Illawarra Highway Patrol Sergeant Nicholas Park said it was too early to say how the crash occurred.
“It’s a reminder, even on local streets, to stick to the speed limit and drive safely and be mindful of other road users,” he said.
The matter remains under police investigation.