CARNAGE AT CORINDI
By CRAIG McTEAR
TWO twisted car wrecks, luggage and personal items flung across the road, and lives shattered.
That's the dreadful scene which greeted emergency workers on the Pacific Highway at Corindi yesterday morning.
A Central Coast woman, 58, was driving south in her red Daihatsu Charade some 400 metres north of the Red Rock turnoff, crossed to the wrong side of the road and smashed head-on into a white Holden Commodore at 11.20am.
Witnesses told police they saw her car swerve before the accident.
Ambulance officers were unable to revive the trapped woman, who died at the scene.
She was the vehicle's sole occupant.
The Commodore was being driven to Queensland by a Toormina mum, 28, who was trapped in her car for 30 minutes.
Her two boys, aged six and three, suffered minor injuries in the back seat, where they had been in restraints.
A Westpac rescue helicopter landed in a nearby paddock, and the woman's anxious relatives who had arrived at the scene watched as she
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was loaded onto the chopper.
She was flown to Coffs Harbour Health Campus, where she was treated for a broken jaw, cuts and bruising.
Her condition late yesterday was listed as stable.
Her six-year-old was also in a stable condition, and the three-year-old was in a good condition.
The Pacific Highway was closed for at least two hours while emergency and salvage workers were at the scene.
The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) had traffic diversions in place north and south of the accident site.
Detective Chief Inspector Jason Breton, who briefed journalists at the emergency, urged motorists to take extreme care on the roads during the school holidays.
"We would urge everyone to take it easy and to stop, revive and survive," Mr Breton said.
Police are now preparing a report for the coroner.