NO MORE PLEA
By CRAIG McTEAR
WHEN Carol Fahey heard a loud, gut-wrenching bang on the Pacific Highway outside her Valla home yesterday afternoon, she feared the worst.
She rushed outside to be confronted by a horrible and all-too-familiar scene ? crumpled cars, and shattered lives.
A woman, believed to be in her 50s, died at the scene.
She had been driving her Honda south when it collided with an oncoming Subaru wagon, containing an elderly couple, at 1.35pm.
The couple were reported to be in a satisfactory condition with only minor injuries late yesterday at Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
The smash happened on a straight stretch of road 100 metres north of a speed camera, and only three kilometres south of last Friday's accident which claimed the life of a Bellingen woman.
Yesterday's emergency, which resulted in lengthy traffic delays until the highway was re-opened at 5pm, came only hours after a fatal highway smash near Grafton.
Five people have died on the highway in this region since last week.
"There was all smoke coming from the woman's car. We didn't know if it was from the airbags," Carol said yesterday.
"We opened all the doors to make sure there was no-one else in her car."
She said a doctor at the scene did what he could for the woman, along with emergency crews, who rushed to help.
Bystanders helped the elderly couple from their wreck, and ambulance officers took them to hospital.
"Police are continuing their inquiries into the cause of the smash. By late yesterday, they had still not released the dead woman's name.