ONE woman is dead and four people remain in hospital after an horrific three-car collision on the Orara Way involving seven people.
A 53-year-old Nana Glen Rail woman died at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 5.55pm on Monday, 2.9km west of the Priors Road intersection on the Orara Way between Coramba and Nana Glen.
Police said a Ford Telstar was being driven east on the Orara Way when it attempted to overtake another vehicle but then collided head on with a silver Holden sedan being driven west.
A white Ford Falcon travelling west crashed into the wreckage.
The occupants of both the Telstar and the Holden were all trapped in the wreckage for some time and the Orara Way was blocked for more than five hours.
The driver of the Holden, a 53-year-old woman is in a stable condition in Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
Her passenger, also 53-years-old, died at the scene.
The two men in the Telstar, aged 23 and 28, are both in Coffs Harbour Health Campus in a stable condition. The 23-year-old was taken to Grafton Base Hospital after the accident, but later returned to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
The driver of the Falcon, a 41-year-old woman and her two children, a girl aged 12 and a boy, 15, were also taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
The woman and her son were discharged yesterday but the girl remains in hospital in a stable condition.
Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command and the crash investigation unit, ambulance officers, rural fire service and SES volunteers all attended the crash scene, which blocked the Orara Way until 11.30pm on Monday.
Police said inquiries into the cause of the accident were continuing but the dead woman's name would not be released until they had contacted all her relatives concerned.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.