The shell of a Suzuki SUV after it collided with a B-double truck on the Pacific Highway near Highway Creek on Saturday morning. Photo: Frank Redward
The shell of a Suzuki SUV after it collided with a B-double truck on the Pacific Highway near Highway Creek on Saturday morning. Photo: Frank Redward

Man seriously injured in Halfway Creek collision

UPDATE: A man is in a critical condition after a head-on crash south of Grafton this morning.

The crash happened about 1.30am on the Pacific Highway north of Halfway Creek about 30km south of Grafton, when a Suzuki Vitara travelling south and a Kenworth B-double truck travelling north, collided in the northbound lane.

A 33-year-old Queensland man who was driving the Suzuki sustained multiple injuries. He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics, before being airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the truck, a 54-year-old man also from Queensland was uninjured and taken to Grafton base Hospital for mandatory testing.

Officers attached to Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Witnesses are urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers.

EARLIER: A collision between a Suzuki SUV and a B-double last night has added to a horror start to the Anzac long weekend.

Early reports indicate the collision occurred at approximately 2am on Saturday morning near Halfway Creek.

The male drive of the Suzuki was taken to Gold Coast Hospital suffering serious injuries.

Meanwhile NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol officers are urging motorists to slow down after a horror start to the holiday weekend with five fatalities since Saturday morning.

The first crash occurred on First Avenue at Cardiff about 12.40am today (Friday 22 April 2016), when a 44-year-old woman was struck by a car, while she crossed the road. The woman was taken to John Hunter Hospital where she later died.

Shortly before 2am yesterday (Friday 22 April 2016), after a 17-year-old girl died when the car she was driving left the Old Hume Highway, Mittagong, and hit a tree. A 15-year-old boy in the passenger seat sustained fractures and was airlifted to Liverpool Hospital.

About 7.40am today (Saturday 23 April 2016), three young men died when the 4WD they were travelling in left the Mitchell Highway, north of Trangie, and hit a tree.

Police are concerned at the significant amount of speeding offences overnight, with more than 1200 speeding incidents across the state since Operation Go Slow commenced at midnight yesterday (Friday 22 April 2016).

Motorists are urged to take the lead in helping reduce the number of deaths on our roadways with more than 120 fatalities this year.

Shortly before 10.30pm yesterday (Friday 22 April 2016), officers attached to Macquarie Fields Highway Patrol detected a Holden Commodore travelling 142kmh in a 60kmh zone along Narellen Road, Narellen Vale.

The 20-year-old man, who is only a provisional driver, had four passengers in the vehicle at the time. His license was seized and suspended and was issued with a fine.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Acting Assistant Commissioner, Stuart Smith, said the road tolls are already too high and drivers simply need to slow down and take care on the roads, don't speed.

"This long weekend is all about 'Go Slow' and being safe on the roads."

Police will be out in force this weekend and we are not just targeting speeding." Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

Overnight during Operation Go Slow, more than 55,000 breath tests have been conducted with 20 drink drivers charged. At the same time in 2014, more than 38,000 breath tests were conducted with 45 people charged.

Across the state there have been more than 76 major incidents with 25 people injured. 

The Anzac Long Weekend road toll stands at five.

Operation Go Slow commenced at 12.01am on Friday (22 April 2016) and concludes at 11.59pm on Anzac Day (Monday 25 April 2016). Double demerits will be in force during this period for all speeding, seatbelt, helmet, and mobile phone offences.

Other incidents reported on our roads in the past 24 hours include:


Lake Illawarra LAC:

Shortly after 9pm yesterday, (Friday 22 April 2016), a 24-year-old man was driving along Lakelands Drive, Koonawarra, when he lost control of his vehicle and ran into a parked car. Officers attached to Lake Illawarra Local Area Command attended the location and conducted a random breath test. The 24-year-old man returned a positive result and was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station where he was issued with as notice of suspension and had his licence confiscated.

Shoalhaven LAC:

Just after 11am yesterday, (Friday 22 April 2016), police stopped a vehicle for a random breath test on Princess Highway, Nowra. The 44-year-old man, who had a three-year-old child and five-year-old child in that car, returned a positive breath test. He was charged with high range PCA.

Orana LAC:

Shortly before 4pm yesterday, (Friday 22 April 2016), Orana Traffic and Highway Patrol detected a vehicle travelling along the Golden Highway, Dunedoo, in excess of 30kmh over the sign posted speed limit. The 41-year-old man from Lakemba, had his licence suspended.

Key Statistics (Day one only):

Speed infringements: 1202
Breath tests: 55,460
PCA charges: 20
Major crashes: 76
Fatalities: 5

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