Festive weekend comes to an awful end
WHAT was to have been a fun weekend away at a music festival ended before it began for three Coffs Coast friends.
On their way to the Big Day Out Festival on the Gold Coast, the trio, who were travelling in a 4WD, collided with a truck, leaving one of them dead and seriously injuring the others.
Police said the crash happened on Eight Mile Lane at Glenugie, near Grafton, at 7pm on Friday.
A 21-year-old woman from Emerald Beach, travelling in the front seat of the 4WD, was taken to Lismore Base Hospital with injuries, but died early on Saturday morning. Her name has not been released.
The driver of the 4WD, a 25-year-old Coffs Harbour woman, was also taken to Lismore but then later airlifted to Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.
The rear-seat passenger, a woman from Sawtell in her early 20s, suffered a broken leg and was taken to Grafton Base Hospital but later transferred to Coffs Harbour Health Campus. She is in a stable condition.
The driver of the Kenworth rigid truck, a 26-year-old man from Coffs Harbour, suffered minor injuries and shock. He was treated and released from Grafton Base Hospital.
Officers from the NSW Police Ballina crash investigation unit examined the scene. It is not yet known how the accident happened.
Anyone who witnessed the crash and has not yet spoken with police is urged to call Ballina Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.