Accident on Pacific Highway near Urunga.
Accident on Pacific Highway near Urunga. Frank Redward

Call for urgent action

A THIRD serious Pacific Highway crash south of Urunga in six days has road safety campaigners calling for immediate action from the Roads and Traffic Authority.

Road crash investigators were trying to establish the cause of this latest accident, 5km south of Urunga about 7pm on Friday.

Police say it’s believed a north bound Jeep collided with a southbound Ford Mondeo, near the intersection of Ballards Road.

A 64-year-old man from Gulmarrad, near Maclean, was cut from the Jeep and rushed to Coffs Harbour Hospital with serious head injuries.

He was later transferred to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.

A 20-year-old Queensland man driving the Ford was trapped for more than an hour and freed by Urunga State Emergency Service volunteers.

His 18-year-old female front passenger broke both her hands and suffered head injuries.

Both were taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital where the man underwent surgery on multiple leg fractures.

The Pacific Highway was partly closed for five hours and re-opened shortly before midnight.

Police from the Mid North Coast Crash Investigation Unit were continuing investigations into the accident, calling for witnesses to come forward with information.

The crash came just days after the RTA vowed to undertake a review into the deadly highway stretch between Urunga and Nambucca Heads.



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