Glenreagh identity critical after Dorrigo smash

WELL-KNOWN Glenreagh identity Steve Black, 53, remains in intensive care in Sydney's St George Hospital and his condition last night was still described as critical following an accident west of Dorrigo on Saturday.

His wife Robyn, 52, remains in Coffs Harbour Health Campus but her condition is described as stable.

Mr and Mrs Black were injured in a car accident on the Waterfall Way on Saturday afternoon when a camper van driven by a 42-year-old Belgian man collided head-on with their Mitsubishi Magna sedan.

Mr and Mrs Black and their two-year-old granddaughtyer, an uninjured passenger in their car, were airlifted to Coffs Harbour Health Campus and Mr Black was flown to Sydney later on Saturday.

Mr Black, known affectionately as 'Blackie', was described by a friend yesterday as a 'big, tall, strong man, well over six feet tall, who is a larger than life character'.

He has worked for the Coffs Harbour Hardwoods company, driving trucks for their Glenreagh sawmilling operation for around 10 years. Coffs Harbour Hardwoods joint owner Garry McCarthy yesterday described Mr Black as 'a man with a good, even devilish, sense of humour'.

He suffered multiple limb fractures and internal injuries. Mrs Black sustained fractured ribs, lacerations and possible limb fractures.

The Belgian man, who was travelling with his wife and 12-year-old son, suffered a fractured right hand and bruising. He has been charged with several driving offences and will appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court tomorrow.

Senior Constable Graham Wright of the Port Macquarie Crash Unit said speed and alcohol were not considered factors in the accident which occurred in fine weather on a dry road.

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