Business leader critical

By TOBY WALKER

twalker@dailyexaminer.com.au

CLARENCE VALLEY business identity Ron King remains in a critical condition at Lismore Base Hospital after a truck rolled onto his car on the Pacific Highway on Friday night.

Last night staff in the hospital's intensive care ward listed the 77-year-old's condition as critical but stable, leaving family and friends anxiously waiting on news of his recovery.

Yesterday officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation Squad were in the Clarence Valley trying to piece together the cause of the four-vehicle accident.

A spokesman for the squad said no charges had been laid against any of the drivers involved and confirmed the investigation would wait on the results of tests to determine whether drugs or alcohol were a contributing factor.

Mr King, the founder of Yamba Shipping and a well-known supporter of local businesses, was airlifted to Lismore with head, chest and internal injuries on Friday night.

The cause of the multi-vehicle accident is still unknown with police on the scene reporting that three cars and a B-double truck crashed just before 7pm at Shark Creek.

Mr King's vehicle was pinned by the truck's prime mover after both were forced down a twometre embankment after the collision.

Yamba Shipping's managing director Roger Millard said the news was devastating and hoped his friend could quickly regain full health

"Anyone who has had business or personal dealings with Ron over the years knows what a popular person he is and this will obviously affect them," he said.



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