EXTENSIVE DAMAGE: Emergency services attend the scene of a head-on collision between a van and semi-trailer on the Pacific Highway near Glenugie.
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE: Emergency services attend the scene of a head-on collision between a van and semi-trailer on the Pacific Highway near Glenugie. Frank Redward

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.

>> RELATED: PACIFIC HIGHWAY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS AFTER HEAD-ON COLLISION

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.

Shortly before 1am on Thursday, 3 March 2016, emergency services were called to a section of Pacific Highway six kilometres south of Grafton following a head-on collision between a northbound van and a southbound B-double truck.The driver of the van sustained serious injuries and was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital. The truck driver was taken to Grafton Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Shortly before 1am on Thursday, 3 March 2016, emergency services were called to a section of Pacific Highway six kilometres south of Grafton following a head-on collision between a northbound van and a southbound B-double truck.The driver of the van sustained serious injuries and was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital. The truck driver was taken to Grafton Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Frank Redward

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.

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A two-car crash on the Pacific Highway further south at Clybucca also caused problems for motorists, with those needing to travel between Kempsey and Grafton urged to consider delaying their journey or using the New England Highway as an alternative.

Police have confirmed investigations into the cause of the Glenugie crash are ongoing.



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