Crash injures four, stops traffic
FOUR people injured and massive traffic delays – that was the fallout from a major accident on the Pacific Highway today.
One man, 20, was trapped in his wreck for up to an hour and was taken in a serious condition to Coffs Harbour Health Campus where he was treated for a broken arm, a broken leg, and pelvic and head injuries.
He remains in a critical but stable condition.
The dramatic crash happened at 2.45pm about 200 metres north of Wakelands Road at Moonee Beach.
Senior Constable Wally Brooks from Coffs Harbour highway patrol said a southbound Kia Sorento appears to have crossed to the wrong side of the road and slammed into the rear of a northbound Toyota Corolla sedan.
The Kia, Constable Brooks said, then careered head-on into a north-bound Toyota Camry station wagon.
The trapped Camry station wagon driver had to be cut from his wreck by SES rescue crews while three other people, including a 71-year-old man, were also taken to hospital to be treated for a range of injuries.
Traffic was banked up for at least 10 kilometres either side of the accident zone as the injured were loaded into a fleet of ambulances and the wrecks were cleared from the road.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter at Lismore was initially tasked to the scene but was subsequently stood down.
The massive queues prompted fears of further accidents caused by impatient motorists.
“We’ve had several rear-end accidents from heavy traffic during the school holidays and this is the last thing we need,” Constable Brooks said.
“People need to be aware of traffic in front of them, take care and slow down.”