Fatal accident closes Pacific Hwy south of Kempsey

2.15PM: INSPECTOR Mick Aldridge said none of those involved in this morning's fatal accident on the Pacific Hwy, near Barrys Creek Rd, were locals.

  He also said the single carriageway location was a problem area on the Mid-North Coast.   "We had a recent fatality just five kilometres down the road from here," Insp. Aldridge said.   "It's an area that people don't know, it is of concern like many parts of the highway."   Currently there's a lateral shift in place at the scene of the accident.   Northbound traffic is passing the incident using the shoulder while southbound traffic is using the northbound lane.   Earlier a 40-year-old mother and her 12-year-old-daughter in the southbound Hyundai sedan were killed. The woman's 47-year-old husband and 14-year-old daughter survived.   The truck driver had severe head injuries and was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital, before being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital at 8am, believed to be in a critical condition.   It is believed the surviving passengers from the Hyundai were discharged from the emergency department.

10.15AM: TRAFFIC controllers are at the site of this morning's fatal accident, 2km north of Yarrabee Rd on the Pacific Hwy near Kundabung.

Queues of vehicles 3km long in both directions have been reported and it is clearing slowly while stop/slow traffic conditions are being enforced.

A Crash Investigation Unit is also at the scene and motorists are being warned to expect significant delays.

7.30AM: THE Pacific Hwy remains closed in both directions and traffic will be disrupted for some hours after a fatal accident near Kundabung.

The crash happened about 5.15am on Friday between Kundabung and the Cooperabung Range, when a southbound Hyundai sedan and a northbound furniture truck collided.

A 40-year-old woman driving the sedan and an 11-year-old girl, who was sitting behind the driver, died at the scene.

Two passengers in the sedan, a 47-year-old man and a15-year-old girl, were injured and have been taken to Port Macquarie Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the truck was trapped for an hour before being released. He sustained critical injuries and has been taken to Port Macquarie Hospital.

Diversions have been put in place which could add considerable time to a journey.

Light vehicles are currently being asked to take the Oxley Hwy, New England Hwy and Waterfall Way for travel between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.

It's suggested heavy vehicles take the New England hwy and Gwydir Hwy via Glen Innes for travel between the Hunter region and Grafton.

Anybody travelling between the Hunter region and the Queensland border should use the New England Hwy.



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