Police call for witnesses to fatal crash

3AM: Police are continuing inquiries after two people died in a crash in the state's far north on Saturday.

Emergency service were called to the Pacific Highway near Woodburn about 11am Saturday following reports of a collision.

The collision involved three vehicles - a southbound B-double truck; a southbound SsangYong 4WD; and a northbound Holden Colorado.

The driver of the Colorado, a 41-year-old man, and the passenger of the SsangYong, a 72-year-old woman, died at the scene.

A 34-year-old woman, who was the front seat passenger of the Colorado, was airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

The SsangYong driver, a 69-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Three children from the Colorado were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The 50-year-old truck driver was not injured but was taken to Lismore Base Hospital where he underwent mandatory blood and urine testing.

Police from Richmond Local Area Command and the Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Investigators are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or the events leading up to it to come forward.

The Pacific Highway at the crash scene re-opened to traffic about 7.30pm Saturday.

5PM: POLICE Media have confirmed a man and woman died in a horrific crash on the Pacific Highway near Woodburn today.

The crash occurred just after 11am this morning about five kilometres north of Woodburn.

The collision involved three vehicles - a B-double truck and a 4WD towing a caravan travelling south; and a northbound 4WD towing a trailer.

The male driver of the northbound 4WD and a female passenger in the southbound 4WD both died at the scene.

Two other people - a female passenger in the north-travelling 4WD and the male driver of the other 4WD - have been transported to hospital with serious injuries. Their conditions are not known at this time.

Three children from the northbound 4WD sustained minor injuries; they were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure only.

The male B-double driver was uninjured. He was hospitalised as a precaution, and underwent mandatory blood and urine testing.

No ages of the people involved in the collision have been confirmed at this time.

Police from the Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision, and would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

Road closures and diversions are still in place

4PM: POLICE Media have confirmed two people died in a serious crash near Woodburn today.

The crash, which involved two cars and a truck, occurred about 7km north of Woodburn and forced the closure of the Pacific Highway.

Due to the serious nature of the accident, there is no forecast as to when the highway will be reopened

The Transport Management Centre advised motorists to avoid the area, and will divert traffic down the Summerland Way and Bruxner Highway.

Motorists should add an extra 45 minutes to their travel time.

2.15PM: NSW Police have appealed for drivers to take care when driving in bad weather.

Their appeal comes hours into a horror day on North Coast roads, in which there have been four crashes.

The most serious of these was at on the Pacific Highway about 7km north of Woodburn, where a truck and two cars, one believed to be towing a caravan, we involved in a fatal crash.

Read what Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander and Assistant Commissioner John Hartley had to say here.

1.45PM: THE horror day on North Coast roads has continued with reports of a fourth crash.

About 1.20pm police received reports of a car that rolled on the Pacific Highway just south of Ferry Park, near Maclean.

The car came to a stop in the canefields running parallel to the highway.

Emergency services attend crash just south of Maclean earlier today.
Emergency services attend crash just south of Maclean earlier today. Debrah Novak

A serious crash occurred 7km north of Woodburn, and involved two cars and a truck.

Due to the serious nature of the accident, there is no forecast as to when the highway will be reopened

The Transport Management Centre advised motorists to avoid the area, and will divert traffic down the Summerland Way and Bruxner Highway.

Motorists should add an extra 45 minutes to their travel time.

 

1PM: The Pacific Highway will remain closed for several hours after this morning's fatal multi-vehicle crash at Woodburn.

The serious crash occurred 7km north of Woodburn, and involved two cars and a truck.

Police Media confirmed the Crash Investigation Unit is at the scene.

Due to the serious nature of the accident, there is no forecast as to when the highway will be reopened

The Transport Management Centre advised motorists to avoid the area, and will divert traffic down the Summerland Way and Bruxner Highway.

Motorists should add an extra 45 minutes to their travel time.

EARLIER: A SERIOUS multi-vehicle crash has closed the Pacific Highway at Woodburn.

The Transport Management Centre report the crash happened about 11.20am today, and emergency services have attended the scene.

The highway is closed in both directions.

Due to the serious nature of the accident, there is no forecast as to when the highway will be reopened

The Transport Management Centre advised motorists to avoid the area, and will divert traffic down the Summerland Way and Bruxner Highway.

11AM: Grafton traffic ground to a standstill after a two-car crash on the Grafton Bridge.

The incident occurred about 11.15am today, with delays still felt 45 minutes later.

While nobody was seriously injured in the head-on, occupants from both cars went to Grafton Base Hospital as a precaution.

THIS MORNING: An elderly man was injured after a crash at Nymboida.

Police said the man sustained "minor injuries" and an investigation into the cause of the crash will continue.



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