Car driver dies in highway head-on

POLICE are still trying to determine why a car crossed to the wrong side of the Pacific Highway and slammed into a semi-trailer in a fatal smash early yesterday.

A man, believed to be a security guard aged in his 50s from South West Rocks, was driving his white Barina south, about 1km north of Kempsey at 1.30am, when he crossed to the wrong side of the road.

The car slammed into the trailer – laden with bread – of a prime mover driven by a man, 33, from Newcastle.

The car driver died at the scene. While the truckie was not injured, he was taken to hospital to be treated for shock and to have mandatory blood and urine samples taken.

The highway was closed for five hours while crash investigators examined the scene.

Traffic, excluding B-doubles, was diverted through local roads at the height of the emergency.

Police are preparing a report for the coroner and are appealing for witnesses to the accident to contact Port Macquarie police on 6583 0199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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