Giant crash stops traffic
THIS smash at one of Coffs Harbour's best known and busiest crossroads stopped everyone in their tracks.
The collision in the heart of the CBD stunned shoppers, workers and commuters and sent shrilling emergency vehicles into top gear.
Police, paramedics, firefighters and tow truck drivers converged on the intersection of Grafton St and Harbour Dr at 9.40am yesterday when two cars slammed into each other.
Investigators said a Sydney man, 80, and his wife, 79, were heading south on the highway in their Toyota Corolla when a Glenreagh 17-year-old P-plater entered the intersection from West High Street.
The impact was enough to send the Toyota hurtling off the road and onto the eastern gutter.
While no one was trapped, emergency crews treated the elderly woman passenger in her vehicle and applied a neck-brace.
She had breathing difficulties as a result of the accident.
She was placed on a stretcher and lifted into the waiting ambulance for her journey to Coffs Harbour Health Campus, where her condition was stable late yesterday.
Fire officers cleaned up fuel and oil which spewed onto the road and other debris.
Police took control of the scene where they interviewed the parties involved and diverted traffic around the crash zone.
The commotion caused a major stir in the city centre as people rushed to the aid of those involved in the accident, while others filed onto the footpath to take a closer look.
Highway patrol police confirmed they had fined the male P-plater for going through a red light.