Tributes flow for 'beautiful, strong girl'
IT'S the phone call no parent wants to ever receive, but for one family that phone call arrived on Saturday when their 17-year-old daughter died following a three-car-smash at Nymboida.
While police have not released the young woman's name, tributes have begun to flow on social media.
"Such a horrible thing to have happened to a beautiful, strong, young girl," one post said.
"I just can't get my head around the fact that this has happened. Sending all my love to your family and rest in peace."
\Just after 8.30am Saturday, emergency services were alerted to the incident and arrived to find two smashed vehicles, a Mazda ute towing a boat and an Isuzu D-Max ute with extensive damage to its front along Armidale Rd near Colemans Rd.
A third vehicle, a white Mazda wagon, was discovered down an embankment. The driver, a 17-year-old girl, did not survive.
Police and forensic investigators were on the scene for most of the day, piecing together the circumstances that led to the tragic incident.
The road was closed for approximately five hours while the wreckage was cleared.
"At this stage we are still trying to work out the details of the accident," Inspector Shari Allison of Coffs/Clarence Police said. "We encourage people to take care at all times when driving."
It is understood a 63-year-old woman driving the Isuzu ute was taken to Grafton Hospital due to chest pain.
Police are appealing to anyone who may have information about the accident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Grafton Police on 6642 0222.