Four injured in highway crash

The three car crash at Urunga that injured four people and closed the highway for five hours.
The three car crash at Urunga that injured four people and closed the highway for five hours. Frank Redward

YET again the Pacific Highway, south of Urunga, has been the scene of a shocking accident, this time involving three vehicles and four people on Saturday morning.

Acting Coffs Coast Ambulance inspector Mick Mair said the first of numerous calls to Triple 0 reporting the high-speed head-on crash came at 7.50am.

He said the accident occurred not far from Dalhousie Creek when a 26 year-old woman driving a Holden commodore travelling south collided with a Mitsubishi Magna with two 59-year-old occupants, reportedly from Sandy Beach.

A third vehicle, a grey Ford Falcon, driven by a 32-year-old local female doctor was also involved. The Pacific Highway was blocked for close to five hours as a result with traffic banked up to 10 kilometres in both directions.

Inspector Mair said the drivers of the first two vehicles suffered serious injuries and were trapped for some time due to the nature of the injuries.

“Additional units were called to assist with the removal of the injured – a total of five paramedic crews were on the scene.

“The doctor, although injured, assisted at the scene and continued to assist when ambulance personnel arrived.

“All four people were taken to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital”.

Most seriously injured was the driver of the second car, who suffered head and chest injuries.

The driver of the first car was also in a serious condition with leg and hip injuries.

As of yesterday, three of the injured were still in hospital, all reportedly in a stable condition.

Inspector Mair said the stretch of road between Urunga and Macksville was fast becoming known as one of the blackest spots on the Pacific Highway.

“Ambulance officers have attended numerous accidents and fatalities here over the past 12 months,” he said.

The services of a rescue helicopter called to the scene were not required and the helicopter moved on to the Base hospital in case further retrievals were required.

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