The scene at the Pacific Highway, near Raleigh.
The scene at the Pacific Highway, near Raleigh. Frank Redward

Carnage: three dead in crashes

A WOMAN is dead after a horrific accident on the Pacific Highway at Raleigh on Wednesday evening.

Tragedy struck at 2.20pm when a man driving northbound on the Pacific Highway about two kilometres south of the Waterfall Way turn-off apparently lost control of his vehicle in the wet conditions. It is believed the car spun off the highway onto guard rail cables before crossing the lane and colliding with two semi-trailers.

The 60-year-old driver of the Nissan 350Z and his female passenger were both trapped inside the vehicle, which had sustained extensive damage.

The woman, a 51-year-old from Tallai, Queensland, died at the scene, while the man was freed and conveyed to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital with neck and chest pain.

Northbound traffic was blocked for a number of hours while crash scene investigators and forensic police surveyed the scene.

The drivers of the semi-trailers were unharmed but were taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus where they underwent mandatory blood and urine tests for drugs and alcohol.

Police at the Port Macquarie Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the accident, and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Two people have been killed in another road accident involving a truck further south near Scone in the Hunter Valley.

The pair was killed when their car and a truck collided at an intersection in Scone, about 11.45am yesterday, police said.

“The two occupants of the car died at the scene, while the male truck driver was taken to Scone Hospital suffering shock,” a police spokesman said.

Details of those killed in the crash were unavailable.

Police were still on the scene, investigating the crash late yesterday.



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