Another horror highway crash
THIS crumpled piece of metal was once a small sedan.
On Tuesday night it almost became a coffin but somehow, miraculously, its young male driver is still clinging to life after yet another horrific highway smash south of Urunga.
The 23-year-old from the Newcastle suburb of Mayfield was hurled some 20 metres from his wreck after it slammed into a B-double at 10.40pm on Tuesday.
He was late yesterday in a critical but stable condition in Coffs Harbour Health Campus where he is being treated for serious head, chest and leg injuries.
How the man did not add to the ranks of the seven people killed on the notorious stretch of highway between Urunga and Valla in the past five years amazed many at the accident scene.
Police said the man’s northbound Daihatsu Charade appears to have skidded in the wet and crossed to the wrong side of the road into the path of the oncoming B-double, driven by a Queensland man, 59.
The dreadful accident happened on a sweeping left-hand bend about 800 metres north of Martells road.
The Daihatsu careered off the road and came to rest down an embankment.
The B-double continued hurtling south for another 100 metres before veering off the road and ploughing through scrub.
While the truck driver was not injured, he was also taken to hospital where he was treated for shock.
A dog believed to be travelling in the Daihatsu did not survive the smash.
Police closed the highway in both directions for about four hours so they could carry out their investigations and Roads and Traffic Authority crews diverted traffic around the crash zone.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the smash to come forward.
You can contact Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.