Lorry driver killed in highway smash
A MAN, 70, died after his lorry collided head-on with a B-double truck on the Pacific Highway 40 kilometres south of Grafton on Saturday morning.
The man was driving a Bedford tabletop lorry south on the highway near Dundoo Reach Road on the Dirty Creek Range,
Police said the vehicle crossed the road for an unknown reason and hit a Kenworth B-double semi-trailer being driven north.
Coffs Harbour police said the driver of the lorry, who was thrown out of the vehicle's cab, suffered severe injuries and was dead by the time police and ambulance crews arrived.
The driver of the B-double, a man, 42, was treated for shock.
He told police he was travelling about 80 kilometres an hour at the time of impact. Police said it was not known how fast the lorry was travelling.
The name of the lorry driver has not been released.
Weather at the time of the accident, 7.30am, was described by Coffs Harbour police as 'wild, wet' but not especially bad at the location.
The accident left wreckage strewn over the Pacific Highway, which was closed for six hours.
Traffic was diverted on to the Orara Way until 1pm, when one lane of the highway was reopened.
Story: BELINDA SCOTT,