B-doubles collision was catastrophic

ONE of the 'worst' is how yesterday's fatal truck crash at Iluka was described by an experienced paramedic.

Alan Smith attended the scene on the Pacific Highway yesterday morning.

One man died at the scene after two semi-trailers travelling in opposite directions collided about two kilometres from the Iluka turn-off at 12.40am.

“It was some of the worst destruction I've ever seen on a B-double,” Mr Smith said.

SES volunteers and firefighters had to pull the driver of the southbound vehicle, a male, from the tangled wreckage.

He was later flown to Lismore Base Hospital emergency department for urgent treatment. Yesterday afternoon he was in a stable condition.

The highway was closed for hours as a team of emergency services workers, including Police, NSW Fire Brigade, SES, Rural Fire Service and NSW Ambulance worked through the night to clean up the accident.

By mid morning, one lane of the highway had reopened, alternating between north-bound and south-bound traffic, before the highway was cleared in the afternoon.

For Mr Smith, the scene of twisted metal and shattered glass strewn across the highway was shocking.

“I've never seen a B-double wrecked like that,” he said. “It seemed to be disintegrated across the road.”

Police were still investigating yesterday but said it appeared one truck had crossed over to the incorrect side of the road. Yesterday police could not confirm which truck had crossed into oncoming traffic.

The north-bound truck had been carrying chemicals, including food and beverage colouring, while the south-bound truck had been carrying three cars, all of which were badly damaged in the crash.

Police have appealed for witnesses and urged anyone with information to contact Grafton Police on 6642 0222.

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