Two crashes, a car torched, one injured

FRUIT was strewn alongside the Pacific Highway early on Saturday morning, a reminder of one of two serious crashes in the Clarence Valley over the weekend.

A Hi-Ace van loaded with fruit bound for the Maclean markets went through a give-way sign on the corner of the Pacific and Gwydir highways, near McDonald's restaurant, and collided with a B-double travelling north on the Pacific Highway at 4.20am, police said.

Trapped in the vehicle, the van's 60-year-old male driver from Lismore was rescued by the SES and taken to Grafton Base Hospital with head injuries.

Firefighters remained on the scene for fire protection.

The crash came just hours after another accident involving a truck on the Pacific Highway north of Swan Creek.

A semi-trailer left the road, slid into a paddock and jackknifed during torrential rain.

Grafton Fire Brigade crews arrived at 9.50pm and spent until 2.30am cleaning up the scene. No one was injured.

In a separate incident, South Grafton Fire Brigade attended a car fire at Beresford Park, South Grafton at 1am on Sunday.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze with no damage to surrounding property.

The 2001 blue Mitsubishi had been stolen from McGuren Street, South Grafton, on Saturday night, along with a tin of petrol, police said.

Police said the vehicle was found at 6am alight with witnesses seeing two youths running across the park.

South Grafton Fire Brigade captain Dennis Pye said firefighters returned to the scene and fully extinguished the fire.

Anyone with information should contact police on 6642 0222.



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