Fatal car crash on first day of Operation Saturation

A DRIVER has died in a fiery single vehicle crash at Coutts Crossing on the first day of a state-wide high-visibility traffic operation.

Police were called to the scene on Ellis Rd shortly after 5am yesterday, after a passer-by reported a vehicle on fire.

It wasn't until firefighters extinguished the blaze that a single occupant was found in the driver's seat.

The driver is believed to be a male aged in his early twenties, but formal identification is yet to be confirmed.

Coffs/Clarence Inspector Jo Reid said police believed the vehicle, a red Ford Capri, was heading south on Ellis Rd when it crashed into a tree and burst into flames sometime between 1-5am yesterday.

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She said skid marks located at the scene indicated speed may have been a factor.

Insp Reid asked anyone with information on the circumstances surrounding the crash to contact the Grafton Police Station, as it may help bolster identification.

Yesterday was the first day of Operation Saturation, which aims to tackle unsafe driving behaviour and improve safety for vulnerable road users.

Commander of the State's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said personal responsibility was the key in keeping our road safe.

"This tragic death is another reminder that driving and personal responsibility go hand in hand," he said.



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