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19-year-old North Coast man killed in horror Tyndale crash

A 19-YEAR-OLD male was killed in a collision between two cars and a B-double truck just south of the Tyndale village.

Duty officer for Coffs Clarence local area command, Inspector Joanne Reid, said that at 10.30pm Tuesday night (March 15) a white Toyota Camry travelling north on the Pacific Highway veered into oncoming traffic.

"It has sideswiped a black Commodore that was travelling southbound, and that impact has caused both vehicles to spin," Inspector Reid said.

"As a result, the white Camry has remained in the southbound lane where a B-Double collided with it, which unfortunately has led to the death of the single occupant, a 19-year-old male from Fernvale."

Police said the young man from Fernvale near Murwillumbah was pulled from his vehicle by passing motorists who rendered first aid, but he died at the scene.

A 47-year-old man and his 14-year-old son who were travelling in a black Holden Commodore, which was also involved in the collision, were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics and taken to Grafton Base Hospital and Lismore Base Hospital. One of the occupants of the black Commodore was unconscious but breathing when emergency services arrived, but was treated quickly and taken to hospital.

"We haven't got a condition report on those occupants, but we believe their injuries to be non-life threatening," Inspector Reid said.

The truck driver, a 52-year-old man, was not injured in the collision and was taken to Grafton Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

The highway was closed into the early hours of the morning while a crime scene was established and examined by specialist forensic officers as part of an investigation into the 19-year-old's death.

Investigations into the matter are continuing and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Conditions on the road were greasy due to light rain falling, and Inspector Reid said that may have contributed to the collision, but investigations were at an early stage.

The Pacific Highway was closed in both directions since the collision and was expected to open in the early hours of Wednesday morning..

"Crime Scene have been in attendance, conducting examinations. With a heavy vehicle involved and the debris it takes some time for the road to reopen," Inspector Reid said.

"Diversions were put in place at Grafton at the Summerland Way and at Lismore down the Bruxner Highway."

Inspector Reid said the late-night scene was a sad state of affairs.

"The scene is very traumatic for everyone involved, particularly the occupants of the other vehicles involved," she said.

"For those who are in the emergency services who have responded tonight it's another horrific scene.

"This part of the highway is still single lane in both directions, and all I can say is that driving in these conditions, if you're fatigued or tired pull over.

"It's not worth risking your life or the life of others."

For the latest traffic information visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

Sadly, the fatality is the latest in a long chain of tragic accidents on the single lane stretch of highway at Tyndale:

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