Highway havoc . . . a pregnant woman in this car was taken to hospital following a smash at Boambee yesterday.
Highway havoc . . . a pregnant woman in this car was taken to hospital following a smash at Boambee yesterday.

Downpour leads to highway havoc

WET weather isn't always welcome.

The Pacific Highway at Boambee turned into a nightmare for motorists and emergency crews yesterday in a multi-vehicle pile-up.

The smash happened in the southbound lanes about 200 metres north of the Mobil Service Station at 2.45pm.

A Bellingen woman, 38, was driving her mother, 63, in their Mitsubishi Pajero in torrential rain when it aquaplaned and smashed into the side of a Nissan Navara in the next lane.

In the Navara were an Anna Bay man, 29, his pregnant wife, 24, and their three sons, aged six months, four and six.

The utility ran off the road and became bogged in a median strip only metres from oncoming traffic.

A semi-trailer driver, 28, travelling behind was unable to avoid a collision with a Holden Jackaroo, driven by a Urunga man, 45.

The pregnant woman, who suffered back pain, was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

As a result of yesterday's heavy rain, a minor flood warning was raised for the Bellinger River yesterday and a flood warning has been issued for rivers from Tweed Heads to Bellingen.

Rising river levels are mixing with high tides to create the flood threat.

Gale warnings were issued for coastal waters north of Cape Byron for last night and tonight.

"These winds will generate large waves and dangerous surf conditions and are likely to raise high tide water levels above the highest astronomical tide of the year," a Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said.

At 3pm yesterday, 25mm had fallen at Coffs Harbour in the six hours from 9am and about 70mm was recorded in the previous 48 hours.

Moderate to heavy rain is expected today on the north coast and ranges, but showers are also expected for Saturday and isolated showers on Sunday.

Expect winds of 20-25 knots for the next couple of days, easing Sunday, with S/SE winds on Saturday and E/SE winds on Sunday.

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