An 80-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital in a stable condition following a driving lesson accident in the Hawkesbury region, west of Sydney this afternoon.

CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter was tasked to Yarramundi shortly before 1pm, landing in a paddock at the accident scene 17 minutes later.

A learner-driver’s car had left Springwood Road while moving at about 80 km/h, running into a tree and leaving the driving instructor trapped with chest and limb injuries.

CareFlight’s specialist doctor and intensive care paramedic assisted the man while he remained in the vehicle for about 40 minutes.

An SES crew arrived and worked to safely extricate the man. He was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.

The driver, the man’s granddaughter, was assisted by a NSW Ambulance crew and transported by road to hospital.