A police paddy wagon comes to rest after crashing into a tree on the side of the Pacific Highway at Nambucca Heads
A police paddy wagon comes to rest after crashing into a tree on the side of the Pacific Highway at Nambucca Heads

Nambucca highway fatal



HOW a woman, 83, died on the Pacific Highway at Nambucca Heads yesterday remains uncertain with police refusing to speculate on the cause of the accident which claimed her life.

The elderly woman was a passenger in a sedan which collided with a police 'paddy' wagon.

At the time of the accident, the police vehicle was responding to 'reports of a serious incident', although police media would not elaborate further.

A Macksville woman, Cherie, said she was an eye-witness to police behaviour just before the accident.

"I was coming back from a doctor's ap-pointment in Nambucca when I saw a police car with its lights flashing," Cherie said.

"Then I saw a second police car on the highway travelling north in the 80km/h zone.

"This car was speeding well in excess of 100km/h and it had its sirens and lights going," she said.

"I saw this car come up behind a vehicle and then veer onto the wrong side of the road and overtake, I had to pull over on to the dirt and then later I heard about the accident on the radio."

A police media unit spokesperson yesterday was unable to comment on the witness account.

The accident happened at 11.15am in the 60km/h zone near the corner of Willunga Avenue and the Pacific Highway.

The female who died at the scene was the passenger of a Toyota Corolla, while the male driver, 84, was transported to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus. He is in a critical condition. The police officer sustained minor injuries.

A critical incident investigation team has been formed to examine the circumstances surrounding this accident. A report is also being prepared for the Coroner.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coffs Harbour police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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