Highway crash leaves 27-year-old man in serious condition
A VICTORIAN man is believed to have lost his leg after after the van he was driving collided head-on with a semi-trailer at Glenugie in the early hours of yesterday morning.
At the time of print, the 27-year-old man, who held a Victorian driver's license, was in a serious condition and waiting to be airlifted from Coffs Harbour to John Hunter Hospital.
Emergency services were called to a section of the Pacific Highway, about six kilometres south of Grafton, about 1am yesterday after reports of a collision between a northbound Mazda van and a southbound semi-trailer.
Police said it appeared the white van had, for unknown reasons, veered into the southbound lane towards the oncoming vehicle which resulted in the head-on collision.
The driver of the van was trapped for a short period of time, before he was freed by police and ambulance in "a group effort".
Coffs/Clarence police duty officer Bob Hansick confirmed the van driver had sustained extensive injuries to his legs and abdominal area but said the extent of his injuries were unknown.
The driver of the truck, meanwhile, was taken to Grafton Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle.
The crash also caused significant delays for motorists travelling on the Pacific Highway, with the road remaining closed for hours in both directions following the crash as emergency services and crash scene investigators commenced investigations.
Police have confirmed investigations into the cause of the Glenugie crash are ongoing.