A young couple’s van crashed into a semi-trailer, which had jack-knifed on the Pacific Highway’s Dirty Creek Range.
A young couple’s van crashed into a semi-trailer, which had jack-knifed on the Pacific Highway’s Dirty Creek Range. Frank Redward

Another highway horror story

A WOMAN was seriously injured in a Pacific Highway accident north of Corindi when the van she was a passenger in collided with a truck blocking the roadway.

The silver Fiat van crashed into the semi-trailer, which had jack-knifed on the Dirty Creek Range, about 40km north of Coffs Harbour on Tuesday at about 10pm.

Police said the 56-year-old truck driver lost control of the fully laden heavy vehicle, careered off the road and crashed into an embankment.

The prime mover and its trailers came to rest in the centre of the road, blocking three lanes of traffic.

Moments later a young couple travelling south in the small van were unable to avoid an impact, crashing at speed into the driver’s side of the prime mover, near the edge of the leading trailer.

The female passenger was trapped in the wreckage for 40 minutes

before she was freed by emergency services workers. NSW Ambulance officers said she was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital suffering severe compound fractures to her right leg and hip and facial and suspected spinal injuries.

She was reported to be in a serious but stable condition.

The male driver escaped with minor injuries.

The roadway was blocked overnight and highway traffic resumed on both sides of the highway yesterday at 7.10am.



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