Three-car pile-up in Coffs CBD

IT came right in the middle of the busiest time of day and caused havoc for highway traffic.

A three-car pile-up outside the Coffs Hotel yesterday blocked at least one lane as a convoy of police, paramedics and tow truck drivers descended on the scene.

An ambulance spokeswoman said the smash happened just before noon and when paramedics arrived they discovered no-one was seriously injured.

However, they took two people to Coffs Harbour Health Campus to be checked by medical staff.

Shocked bystanders also helped out at the scene.

Police and the RTA hope the smash is not a sign of things to come as they brace for a hectic school holiday period on the Pacific Highway along the Coffs Coast.

The notorious highway stretch between Nambucca Heads and Urunga has been singled out as a trouble spot to watch, with officers out in force in a bid to prevent highway carnage.

RTA road crews have a holiday management plan for Coffs Harbour, Macksville, Ballina and Kempsey, where they will monitor traffic flows and if necessary change traffic-light phasing to improve conditions for motorists.

“We have staff rostered on at the Grafton regional office and in Sydney to monitor the traffic conditions, including the use of six closed-circuit television cameras in Coffs Harbour,” a Transport Management Centre spokesman said.

“We also have mobile crews out and about in these key towns and on the highway. This plan covers all school holidays.”

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