IN A horrendous start to the school holiday road toll, a man has been killed in an accident near Maclean while two other people have been hospitalised with serious injures after crashes at Urunga and Harwood.
The 48-year-old North Coast man was killed after his 1928 Chevrolet hot rod was involved in a five-car accident on the Pacific Highway, north of Maclean.
Police said the crash happened on Saturday around 9.55am when a Toyota Kluger crossed onto the wrong side of the road and side- swiped a southbound Suzuki Swift, driven by a woman, 52.
The Kluger then crashed into the Chevrolet, travelling south and towing a trailer.
A southbound Ford Territory driven by a man, 37, also collided with the trailer towed by the hot rod, while a Holden Rodeo driven by a 30-year-old man, headed south crashed into the side of the hot rod.
The Murwillumbah man, 48, was airlifted to Lismore Hospital but died about noon.
Police the other drivers were uninjured and the 18-year-old was taken to the Maclean station where he was released pending further inquiries.
Emergency services also responded to a two-vehicle accident at Urunga, which left an 87-year-old female seriously injured.
Police said a Subaru, in which the woman was a passenger, veered into the path of a Land Rover on Short Cut Rd about 1.30pm.
She was rushed to the Coffs Harbour Hospital with pelvic injuries.
"If you are heading away for the long weekend or for the school holidays make sure you plan your trip in advance," Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said.
"Take regular rest breaks and at all times drive to conditions," he added.