The driver of this van was trapped for almost an hour after a smash on the Pacific Highway south of Coffs Harbour yesterday. P
The driver of this van was trapped for almost an hour after a smash on the Pacific Highway south of Coffs Harbour yesterday. P

Man trapped in van



A MAN suffered leg fractures when he was trapped in his van on the Pacific Highway south of Coffs Harbour yesterday.

The man was driving his Mitsubishi van south at 8.50am and was on the crest of a hill when he came across a line of traffic banked up at the Cook Drive traffic lights.

Police said the van slammed into the rear of a semi-trailer which was laden with bricks.

The man's legs were trapped for almost an hour before he could be released from his wreck by SES crews and rescuers from NSW Fire Brigades.

The driver was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus, where his condition was listed as stable late yesterday.

The accident caused headaches for commuters who already had wet and slippery conditions to contend with.

They experienced lengthy delays as rescuers and salvage crews went to work.

An RTA spokesman said the southbound dual carriageway was closed for an hour, while the northbound carriageway had two-way traffic from Cook Drive to Hurley Drive.

Police inquiries into the cause of the smash continue.



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