Going nowhere . . . one motorist had a close shave on the Pacific Highway yesterday.
Going nowhere . . . one motorist had a close shave on the Pacific Highway yesterday.

Crunch time at Sapphire



IT could have been much, much worse.

If there had been a passenger in this Holden utility, he or she probably wouldn't have stood a chance in this nasty smash on the Pacific Highway at Sapphire yesterday.

Thankfully, a Coffs Harbour man, 20, was the sole occupant as he headed north at noon.

Police said a truck travelling in front of the man lost a piece of timber, which fell onto the highway.

The man swerved to avoid the obstacle but lost control of his vehicle.

He crossed to the wrong side of the road, into the path of an Isuzu truck, driven south by a Queensland man, 45.

Miraculously, the utility driver suffered only minor cuts to his face, and bruising.

He was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for treatment.

The Isuzu driver was not injured.

Traffic was diverted around the accident scene while emergency and salvage crews went to work.

Police are continuing their inquiries into the smash.



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