Owner/driver Stan Arnott's truck is a little worse for wear after this morning's Pacific Highway crash at Halfway Creek. Photo JoJo Newby / Daily Examiner
Owner/driver Stan Arnott's truck is a little worse for wear after this morning's Pacific Highway crash at Halfway Creek. Photo JoJo Newby / Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

Three vehicle crash closes Pacific Hwy at Halfway Creek

11.30am: ONE lane is now open in each direction on the Pacific Hwy at Halfway Creek after a multiple vehicle accident near Parker Road earlier this morning.

11.15am: IT'S believed the elderly woman airlifted to Coffs Harbour is suffering from abdominal and chest injuries.

10.45am: IN A seperate Pacific Hwy incident, the wreckage of a three vehicle accident is being cleared on the Pacific Hwy at North Macksville.

The crash happened just after 10.30am and blocked both lanes of the highway.

Police on scene said a number of the occupants in the vehicles reportedly suffered minor injuries.

Paramedics were called to the location to assess their injuries.

10.20am: AN ELDERLY woman has been airlifted to Coffs Harbour Hospital in a serious but stable condition following this morning's highway crash at Halfway Creek.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter service said the woman suffered abdominal and chest injuries in the crash.

Two other people were treated at the scene for minor injuries by paramedics and transported via road ambulance to hospital.

The helicopter touched down at the hospital around 10.15am. 

10.00am: The Pacific Highway has reopened under alternating conditions at Halfway Creek following this morning's crash.

Earlier diversions have been lifted.

9.45am: Traffic is being diverted around the scene of an earlier three vehicle crash.

Motorists are being diverted via Orara Way and Coramba Road between Grafton and Coffs Harbour.

Emergency services remain on site.

9.30am: The Pacific Highway is still closed in both directions following a three vehicle crash.

Local driver Stan Arnott, owner/driver at Stan Arnott Transport, was driving the truck.

"There's bits of caravan in the cab of my truck," Arnott said.

"The caravan was travelling northbound and the truck (which Arnott was driving) was travelling southbound.

"The caravan started going sideways straight across in front of me.

"When it hit it sounded like a bomb going off."

Arnott escaped major injuries.

The truck eventually came to a rest off the road 100m from the caravan, with at least one trailer on its side.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has been and gone, while other emergency services are on site.

9.15am:  THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter has been tasked to the crash scene at Halfway Creek where a vehicle towing a caravan has rolled.

Emergency services are trying to free a person trapped inside that vehicle, who is understood to have suffered serious injuries.

Reports from the scene indicate the vehicle and the caravan it was towing lost control and rolled.

The highway is still blocked but efforts are being made to reopen one lane to alternating traffic.

Police are urging motorists to use the Orara Way between Grafton and Coffs Harbour today.

Traffic backed up on the Pacific Highway this morning following a crash at Halfway Creek. Photo Jojo Newby / Daily Examiner
Traffic backed up on the Pacific Highway this morning following a crash at Halfway Creek. Photo Jojo Newby / Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

 

8.30am: A CRASH involving a vehicle towing a caravan at Halfway Creek has caused major hold-ups on the Pacific Hwy at Halfway Creek, between Grafton and Coffs Harbour, this morning.

Ambulance Media say a person is trapped in the wreckage of that vehicle with serious injuries.

Emergency Services are on scene and are trying to free the patient.

The accident happened just before 8.30am and has blocked three lanes of traffic.

The highway is closed in both directions.

It is understood the vehicle towing a caravan lost control and rolled on the roadway.

There have been reports other vehicles, including a truck, sustained minor damage in swerving to avoid the accident.

Two patients in other vehicles have been treated for minor injuries.

Police and Fire and Rescue NSW were working to reopen one lane to alternating traffic at 9.15am.

The NSW Transport Management Centre has advised motorists to expect lengthy delays.



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