THREE men are dead and another is fighting for his life in Lismore Base Hospital after a day of carnage on Northern Rivers roads yesterday.
The men lost their lives in two separate smashes near Casino and Woodburn.
Two Casino meatworks employees who were travelling to Grafton were killed and another man received life-threatening injuries in a fiery head-on smash between two utes yesterday morning.
Around 5.45am a Toyota Hilux carrying two men collided with a Nissan Navara on the Summerland Way at Leeville, about 5km from Casino.
The vehicles burst into flames after the impact and were extinguished by fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus. They doused the vehicles with foam.
The driver and passenger of the Toyota Hilux were pronounced dead at the scene.
The sole occupant of the Nissan Navara was taken to Lismore Base hospital by ambulance suffering suspected spinal injuries.
In the second incident a middle-aged man was killed when the car he was driving north along the Pacific Hwy hit a guard rail 4km north of Woodburn.
Just before 2pm police, paramedics, SES and fire services rushed to the scene where people were trapped in the vehicle after their legs were pinned in the collision.
An ambulance media spokesperson said three people were transported to Lismore Base hospital suffering injuries including chest wounds and major lacerations to limbs.
Reports on the incidents will be prepared for the coroner.