GRIM START TO LONG WEEKEND
By DAVID BANCROFT
IT was the worst possible start to Easter on North Coast roads ? a head-on collision near Tyndale that claimed the life of an Alstonville teenager.
At 8.35am yesterday a white Hyundai, driven by the teenager, was heading south on the Pacific Highway just south of Byron's Lane when it apparently crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with a northbound black BMW.
The teenager, 17, whose name has not been released, died at the scene.
The 27-year-old male driver of the BMW, from the Sydney suburb of Moorebank, was taken to Grafton Base Hospital in a serious condition.
Maclean Police Sergeant Harley Willox said that soon before the accident the Hyundai had been travelling within the speed limit, but for reasons unknown, crossed to the wrong side of the road and into the path of the BMW.
The driver of the BMW, he said, had nowhere to go. No names have been released.
The collision occurred between the former Tyndale Marine and new work the RTA has undertaken at Byrons Lane.
At that site the highway hugs the river bank and new heavy wire fences have been erected between the road and the river.
It is only a few hundred metres from a roadside memorial for Wesley Jones who died in 1993.
It is also close to the site where well known Grafton cricketer George Harvey died in a multi-vehicle collision on July 5, 2004.
A week before, on June 29, 2004, two Grafton people, Amanda Patemen, 19, and Jarrad Dunn, 20, were killed when their Holden Barina turned into the path of an oncoming B-double, also at Tyndale.
The death brings to two the number of people killed on the state's roads in the Easter holiday period.
On Thursday a three-year-old girl died following a crash near Wollongong, south of Sydney.
The child and her seven-year-old sister were passengers in a car being driven by their mother in Cordeaux Road, Mount Kembla, when it left the carriageway and hit a tree.
The three-year-old was badly injured and died later in Wollongong Hospital.
Her mother was taken to the same hospital for treatment for a number of injuries.
The seven-year-old was not hurt.
The Pacific Highway was blocked for two hours after the collision yesterday at Tyndale.