THE death of a 23-year-old woman and a head-on collision that has left a man critically injured, both on the Pacific Hwy, have provided a shocking start to the school holiday period on the North Coast.
Less than six hours after a woman died on the Pacific Hwy at Valla, south of Coffs Harbour, a collision involving a truck and a car 10km north of the Iluka turnoff closed the highway for more than five hours.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter airlifted a man with serious head and internal injuries to the Gold Coast Hospital at Southport.
Helicopter personnel said the man injured in the crash had serious head injuries as well as serious internal injuries to his abdomen and pelvis.
The accident happened about 5am yesterday, activating emergency services to scene.
A man was trapped inside his car for about an hour before being freed and airlifted to hospital in a serious condition.
The truck driver, who was not injured in the collision, was taken to Maclean Hospital where he underwent mandatory blood and urine tests.
Southbound lanes of the highway remain closed while northbound lanes were operating under a contra-flow.
Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the collision are continuing.
At 11.45pm on Thursday a woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident at Valla.
Early investigations indicate a car travelling south left the roadway, crashed into an embankment and flipped onto its roof.
The driver - a 23-year-old woman and the only occupant of the vehicle - died at the scene.
Police from the Mid North Coast Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.