P-plater involved in highway head-on
A TRAGIC start to the Christmas period was narrowly averted at Bonville yesterday.
A Taree P-plater, who turned 21 on Monday, was driving north on the Pacific Highway at 7.40am when his Commodore crossed to the wrong side of the road about 200m north of the North Bonville Road intersection.
The car struck an oncoming Toyota Celica, driven by a Sydney woman, 75, who was forced to take evasive action by veering to the left.
The man, who was headed for Queensland, was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus, where he was treated for an injury to his lower right leg.
Ambulance officers at the scene treated the woman, who had been Sydney-bound, for an injury to her right ankle.
Police are awaiting the results of blood tests taken from the man at hospital.
They are also investigating complaints about his manner of driving between Clybucca and Bonville.
Investigators said road conditions did not contribute to the smash.
Peak hour highway traffic slowed to a crawl during the emergency.