The scene of a fatal car accident north of the Harwood Bridge that occurred at approximately 10am Saturday morning.
The scene of a fatal car accident north of the Harwood Bridge that occurred at approximately 10am Saturday morning. Adam Hourigan

Man killed in five-car accident

THE death of a man in a 5 car collision on the Pacific Highway at Maclean has marked a tragic start to the school holidays.

The accident which occurred at 10am on Saturday, one kilometre south of the Harwood Bridge, closed the highway in both directions for five hours.

The deceased, a 48 year old Murwillumbah man, was travelling south in a 1928 Chevrolet hot rod towing a trailer when a northbound Kluger driven by an 18 year old crossed onto the wrong side of the road, sideswiping a southbound Suzuki Swift before crashing into the hot rod and causing a horrendous chain reaction.

A southbound Ford Territory driven by a 37 year old man collided with the trailer being towed by the hot rod before a following Holden Rodeo driven by a 30 year old man crashed into the side of the vehicle.

The driver of the hot rod was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital but died shortly afterwards from injuries sustained in the crash.

A report is being prepared for the coroner.

Ambulance crews from Maclean and Grafton attended the scene.

The drivers of the other vehicles involved in the collision were uninjured and subjected to mandatory blood and urine tests.

The driver of the Kluger was taken to Maclean Police Station where he was spoken to and released pending further inquiries.

Anyone who can assist with inquiries into the incident is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

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