The three people badly injured in last Friday’s smash south of Urunga still have a long road to recovery.
The three people badly injured in last Friday’s smash south of Urunga still have a long road to recovery. Frank Redward

Car smash victim is battling on

A MAN is still undergoing treatment in a Newcastle hospital a week after a shocking highway smash south of Urunga.

The 54-year-old from Gulmarrad, near Maclean, remains in a serious but stable condition in John Hunter Hospital.

He had to be cut from his northbound Jeep and was rushed to Coffs Harbour hospital in a critical condition with serious head injuries.

He was airlifted to Newcastle the next day.

Police said he slammed into a southbound Ford Mondeo near the intersection of Ballards Road, about five kilometres south of Urunga, at 7pm last Friday.

Eyewitnesses said the Jeep appeared to cross the road and spin out of control before the collision, which ruptured the four-wheel-drive’s fuel tank.

Lindsay Heath, a 20-year-old apprentice fitter-machinist, and his sister, Grace Heath, who has just finished Year 12, were on their way from Brisbane to the NSW South Coast in the Ford Mondeo.

Lindsay was trapped for about 90 minutes and has been treated in Coffs Harbour Health Campus this week for a compound fracture to his left leg, a broken left arm, chemical burns and facial injuries. Grace, who has since been discharged, sustained fractures to her hands, head injuries, seat belt burns, bruises and chemical burns.

Police inquiries into the accident continue.

The Heath family has called for immediate action to fix the deadly stretch of the Pacific Highway south of Urunga.



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