Fatal day . . . the accident scene north of Macksville early on Tuesday.
Fatal day . . . the accident scene north of Macksville early on Tuesday.

Mystery surrounds head-on

By CRAIG McTEAR

WHY did a car veer to the wrong side of the Pacific Highway near Macksville early on Tuesday?

That is the question preoccupying police investigators in the wake of the horror smash which killed John Stephen Dick, 48, of Tugun, and his partner, Jodi Louise Gowing, 28, from the ACT.

What police investigators do know is they left Tugun at 9.20pm the night before in their Nissan four-wheel-drive to visit family in the ACT.

They had probably stopped somewhere on the journey south, Senior Constable Michael Atkins said.

At 4.40am on Tuesday, their car crossed to the wrong side of the road and clipped a northbound utility before slamming head-on into a northbound B-double prime mover. Mr Dick ? who was driving ? and Ms Gowing died at the scene.

The utility driver, a Telegraph Point man, 32, and his passenger, a Port Macquarie man, 38, who were headed to Inverell for work, escaped injury. Their ute was only slightly damaged.

Ambulance officers treated the 50-year-old Newcastle truckie for shock at the scene. He had been on his way to Grafton.

Const. Atkins, who is preparing a report for the coroner, said the accident might be fatigue related.



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