A horrific day on roads
THREE men are dead and four others are badly injured at Lismore Base Hospital after two horrific crashes on Northern Rivers' roads yesterday.
The men lost their lives in separate crashes near Casino and Woodburn.
Two Casino meatworks employees were killed and another man was last night fighting for his life after two utes collided head-on yesterday morning.
Around 5.45am a Toyota Hilux carrying the men and a Nissan Navara collided on the Summerland Way at Leeville, about 5km south of Casino.
The driver and passenger of the Toyota Hilux were pronounced dead at the scene.
A Northern Co-operative Meat Company representative confirmed the two deceased men were cold stores employees travelling to Grafton to work.
The sole occupant of the Nissan Navara was taken to Lismore Base hospital by ambulance suffering suspected spinal injuries.
Officers from the Richmond Local Area Command established a crime scene and spent most of yesterday trying to establish the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
The Summerland Way remained closed until noon yesterday with traffic diversions in place for local traffic.
A Northern NSW Local Health District representative said the occupant of the Nissan Navara was in a stable condition in intensive care yesterday afternoon.
A middle aged man travelling north on the Pacific Hwy was killed when the car he was in hit a guard rail 4km north of Woodburn.
Just before 2pm police, paramedics, SES and firefighters rushed to the scene, where people where trapped in the vehicle with their legs pinned.
An ambulance media representative said three people were transported to Lismore Base hospital suffering injuries including chest wounds and major lacerations to limbs.
Anyone who witnessed either collision, or the events leading up to it, should contact Richmond Local Area Command Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.