Man freed from vehicle after van vs truck crash at Maclean

UPDATE, 1.45pm: A 22-year-old male is now being flown to the Gold Coast University Hospital after a crash 3km north of Maclean. 

At about noon today, he was travelling south on the Pacific Highway in a VW van when, for reasons unknown, he veered into the other lane. 

The van collided with a truck travelling north. The truck driver - a 50-year-old male - attempted to swerve to miss the oncoming vehicle, however the van crashed into its back wheels. 

The truck came to a stop in a ditch about 50m further down the highway. 

The driver of the van was trapped in his vehicle by compression. Emergency crews worked for about 30 minutes to release the man, who is conscious, has severe but not life-threatening injuries, believed to include a compound fracture to his arm and a severed finger.

The truck driver was unhurt.

Both lanes of the Pacific Highway have now been reopened. 

12.30pm: ONE male is believed to be trapped after a crash on the Pacific Highway, 3km north of Maclean.

Emergency services are attending and the highway is closed in both directions.

Motorists are advised to take an alternative route, with heavy vehicles advised to use Summerland Way.

More information to come.

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