Wet weather traffic chaos south of Coffs Harbour on Thursday . Photo by Trevor Veale.
Wet weather traffic chaos south of Coffs Harbour on Thursday . Photo by Trevor Veale.

Police caught up in three-car highway smash

UPDATE: A police car was one of three vehicles involved in a smash that led to lengthy delays on the Pacific Highway at Bonville on Thursday afternoon.

At about 1pm, a passing police vehicle noticed a car crashed into a tree near the Archville Station Road off ramp.

Upon stopping a third vehicle hit the stationary police car.

All three vehicles were towed from the scene.  

No police officers were injured but the drivers of the other two vehicles were taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus with minor injuries.

EARLIER:

A three-vehicle crash has closed one of the two northbound lanes on the Pacific Highway at Bonville.

The crash took place just before 1pm on Thursday with traffic banked up and motorists urged to exercise caution and allow extra travel time.

The crash took place on the Pacific Highway near the Archville Station Road turnoff.

Emergency services are in attendance.

Wet weather is causing havoc on the region's roads today and weather forecasters are saying there's more on the way.

They are predicting a seven-day deluge with some of the heaviest, prolonged showers seen on the coast over the past 18-months.

Coffs Harbour was experiencing a rain rate of 5.3mm/hour at noon with constant rain from the heavy showers set to continue and reach a peak of 11.8mm per hour on Friday morning.

The Bureau has issued flood watch notifications for a number of fast filling river and creek catchments.

It anticipates minor flood levels to be reached in the Orara river catchment and moderate flood levels in the Bellinger and Kalang catchments.

A severe weather warning has been issued today for the north coast including Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Port Macquarie, with flash flooding predicted.



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