TRAGEDY STRIKES: The picture tells the story ... a sedan is crushed by a semi-trailer at the scene of yesterday?s accident.
TRAGEDY STRIKES: The picture tells the story ... a sedan is crushed by a semi-trailer at the scene of yesterday?s accident.

More Pacific Highway horror

By CRAIG McTEAR

AT least one person was killed and others injured in a horror smash at Moonee, north of Coffs Harbour, yesterday.

The accident, which happened at 4.30pm, involved two semi-trailers and five cars.

A police spokesperson confirmed late last night one person had been killed. However, details regarding the accident were limited as investigation officers, ambulance, fire brigade, rural fire service and SES personnel tried to piece together exactly what happened.

One driver involved in the smash was understandably shaken.

"It seemed to happen in slow motion. I couldn't really tell you at the moment what's happened," the man said. "I was the lucky one out of all that."

The scene, 500 metres south of the Lake Russell Gallery turnoff, was horrific.

A semi-trailer, carrying the corrosive agent sodium hypochloride, was facing south in northbound overtaking lanes, with a silver sedan crushed underneath it. The chemical tank was not ruptured. Debris was spread for about 50m either side of the impact zone, while a guard rail had been pulverised.

A Holden Commodore station wagon had come to rest just beside the carnage, facing the same way as one of the semi-trailers, while there was major damage to a blue fourwheel-drive which was off the road just to the north.

Skid marks were clearly visible on the other side of the highway just north of the accident scene.

Just to the south of the smash, two cars were parked on the eastern side of the highway. The rear of a Holden and the side of a Mitsubishi were damaged. Another semitrailer with scrapes on the bumper-bar was parked further south again.

Peak-hour traffic was banked up for at least 10km either side of the smash.



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