Seven hurt in smash on highway

BAD SMASH: Rescuers at the scene of the Pacific Highway accident in which seven people were injured.
BAD SMASH: Rescuers at the scene of the Pacific Highway accident in which seven people were injured.

SEVEN holiday-makers were injured and the Pacific Highway was closed for almost two hours following a head-on collision at Broadwater on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

Police believe fatigue may have been a factor in the crash after a southbound Toyota sedan carrying an Armidale family and a north-bound Mazda carrying a Sydney family collided at around 1.30pm near the Rattle Creek Bridge.

Upon arrival, ambulance officers found seven patients, including a woman who was trapped in the wreckage for over an hour.

A 32-year-old Armidale man who was driving the Toyota, received head injuries and a suspected broken leg, while his five-year-old daughter suffered suspected spinal injuries and bruising. The pair were flown to Lismore Base Hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The man's 32-year-old wife injured both legs and wrists and received possible spinal injuries, and was taken to Lismore Base Hos- pital by road.

A 58-year-old Maroubra woman, who was driving the Mazda and became trapped after the accident, suffered a broken right ankle, chest injuries and whiplash.

A 60-year-old Maroubra man suffered chest and hand injuries and the pair were flown to The Gold Coast Hospital by the CareFlight helicopter.

A 29-year-old man and woman who were backseat passengers in the Mazda, were taken to Ballina Hospital with minor injuries.

Four ambulances, two fire trucks and numerous police attended the scene and both lanes of the Pacific Highway were closed for an hour and forty-five minutes while investigation and salvage operations took place.

nIN a tragic start to the Christmas holiday period in the Tweed, a young driver lost his life in a fiery crash on Tomewin Road on Friday morning just 300 metres from his home.

The 17-year-old youth died when his Honda Civic sedan, heading south towards Dungay, left the road on a right hand bend, went over an embankment and smashed into a tree.

According to police, who yesterday had not yet released the youth's name, his father happened upon the scene shortly after the accident. Inspector Ian Fitzsimmons, of Tweed Byron Command, said it was believed the driver died in- stantly.

nA TWEED toddler was flown to Lismore Base Hospital yesterday morning with serious head injuries after the car she was a passenger in, lost control along The Kyogle-Murwillumbah Road, at Wadeville, 25 kilometres east of Kyogle.

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