FATAL COLLISION: A man died after his vehicle smashed into a truck.
FATAL COLLISION: A man died after his vehicle smashed into a truck.

71-year-old killed in Tyndale crash

POLICE are yet to release the name of a 71-year-old man killed in Saturday's crash on the Pacific Hwy at Tyndale.

The crash, just before 12.30pm between a car and a truck, closed the highway in both directions for several hours.

Police reported the male driver of the car died at the scene while the 55-year-old truck driver and his passenger were taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

A report will be prepared by the Coroner.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The death took the state's road toll to 107, 18 more than this time last year, with two people losing their lives on NSW roads on Day Three of Operation Tortoise.

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner John Hartley urged people to drive safely and to conditions as increased numbers of drivers head home after the Easter long weekend.

Operation Tortoise, a high-visibility, statewide traffic blitz, started at 12.01am on Thursday, April 17, and will finish at 11.59pm tonight.

Operation Tortoise will be followed by Operation Go Slow, which will run between Thursday, April 24, and Sunday, April 27.

Double demerits will be in force throughout both operations.



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