Tragedy on the highway as woman dies after crash

The scene of a fatal crash at Halfway Creek, south of Grafton. Photo Frank Redward.
The scene of a fatal crash at Halfway Creek, south of Grafton. Photo Frank Redward.

UPDATE - 10.00PM: THE Pacific Hwy has tragically claimed another life after a high speed head-on car accident on Friday evening.

A 19 year-old woman, the sole occupant of a white Toyota Corolla near Halfway Creek was travelling south when she was believed to have crossed to the incorrect side of the road where the vehicle collided a Mazda Tribute with an elderly couple on board.

Emergency services quickly arrived at the scene and it wasn't until 9.40pm that the Pacific Hwy was opened again to traffic.

The couple were both taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus hospital, at least one of them via the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, but are reported to have suffered only minor injuries.

The scene of a fatal accident on the Pacific Hwy at Halfway Creek. Photo: Frank Redward
The scene of a fatal accident on the Pacific Hwy at Halfway Creek. Photo: Frank Redward Frank Redward

7.45PM: There's been another tragedy on the Pacific Hwy after a  woman died in a car crash at Halfway Creek, south of Grafton.

The head-on crash happened at about 5.15pm and the highway remains closed in both directions as crash investigators arrive on scene.

The woman was travelling south bound when she collided with another car travelling north bound.

A police spokesman confirmed she died at the scene.

There were two elderly occupants inside the second vehicle.

Early reports indicated one occupant was transported by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to Coffs Harbour Hospital, while the other was transported to Grafton Base Hospital via road.

6.00PM: The Pacific Highway is closed in both directions at Halfway Creek, south of Grafton on the State's North Coast, after a serious two car accident.

Emergency services and traffic crews are responding to the accident on the highway near Kungala Road.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Traffic is heavy with significant delays.

Northbound motorists who need to travel should divert onto Bucca Road at Moonee Beach, then Orara Way from Nana Glen to Grafton.

Southbound motorists should divert at Grafton onto Orara Way and follow it to Nana Glen, then take Bucca Road to Moonee Beach.

The highway is expected to remain closed for some time due to the seriousness of the accident.

For the latest traffic information, visit or call 132 701.

Topics:  car accident pacific highway

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