A PACIFIC Hwy intersection in Coffs Harbour turned ugly for several motorists this week.
Emergency crews scrambled to the Combine St traffic lights at 6.40pm on Tuesday when four cars were involved in a pile-up.
Eyewitnesses said one vehicle hit another, which then hurtled into the path of two others.
The impacts were severe enough to force the airbags in each car to deploy and the scene was littered with debris.
A young woman was taken in a stable condition to hospital where she was treated for suspected whiplash.
Fire crews cleaned up radiator fluid which spewed from a black ute onto the road. Police are continuing their inquiries into the cause of the accident.
Only minutes earlier, firefighters were at St Joseph's Aged Care in Azalea Ave after a minor fire broke out.