Five killed in horror day on roads
FIVE people were killed and at least 15 people injured in four separate road accidents on Saturday, confirming the Coffs/Clarence LAC’s position as the state’s worst area for road fatalities this year.
Before the weekend’s tragedies, 15 people had lost their lives on our roads this year. The next deadliest region is the mid-north coast where nine lives have been lost since January 1.
The first crash on Saturday occurred at around 7.20am when a Holden Commodore sedan and a B-double truck collided at the intersection of the New England Highway and Grafton Street, Glen Innes.
The sedan then hit a second car travelling north along the highway. Two of the sedan’s five occupants were killed, and emergency services had to free two others people trapped in the wreckage.
The other occupants were taken to Glen Innes Hospital for treatment while the truck driver escaped uninjured.
An hour later a Toyota Tarago van was being driven east on the Bruxner Highway at Drake when it rounded a bend, veered off the road and rolled several times. One man was killed and five other people were injured. The injured were taken to Lismore Base Hospital suffering varying injuries including a severed finger, neck and chest injuries and one suffering spinal injuries.
At about 11.10am, a woman was killed when three vehicles collided on the Pacific Highway near Bangalow.
It is believed a Toyota Camry station wagon was travelling south on the highway when it crossed onto the opposite side of the road and collided with a van and a car towing a caravan.
The driver, and sole occupant of the Camry, died at the scene.
Four people were taken by ambulance to Tweed Heads Hospital, another two to Byron Bay Hospital and one flown by the Lifesaver Helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital.
At around 2pm a trail-bike rider, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, died when his bike and a four-wheel-drive station wagon collided head-on at Brushbox Road, Eungai Rail, near Macksville. The driver of the four-wheel-drive was uninjured and was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.
Police would like to hear from anyone who has information about the crash. To assist contact the Macksville Police Station on 6568 2774 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.