Two seriously injured in Nambucca Heads accident

1.45PM: POLICE are investigating Thursday night's serious Pacific Hwy collision involving three cars and a truck near Nambucca Heads.

About 6.15pm, a southbound Ford Capri convertible collided with a northbound Holden Colorado about two kilometres south of Nambucca Heads.

The Colorado then hit a southbound B-double travelling behind the Capri, before propelling back into the northbound lane and colliding with a Commodore.

The Colorado driver, a 34-year-old Macksville woman, is being treated at John Hunter Hospital for head injuries, facial fractures and cuts to her leg. She is reported to be in a serious but stable condition.

The Capri driver, a 34-year-old Smithtown man, is receiving treatment for arm fractures and cuts at Coffs Harbour Hospital.

No-one else was injured.

Both drivers will undergo mandatory blood and urine testing. Formal interviews will take place when the drivers have been released from hospital.

6.00AM: A WOMAN and a man were left seriously injured in a crash on the Pacific Hwy south of Nambucca Heads last night. 

Ambulance paramedics said the woman, 34, was rushed to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital with serious injuries.

She was airlifted to Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital, NSW Health said.   

A man, also aged 34, suffered neck and abdominal injuries and was also taken to the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

He was today listed as stable.

6.30PM: THE Pacific Highway is closed in both directions one kilometre south of Nambucca Heads due to a serious accident reportedly involving three cars and a truck.

Southbound motorists are being diverted at Pioneer Rd onto Old Coast Rd and Rodeo Dr to return to the Pacific Highway.

Northbound motorists are diverting via Rodeo Drive, along Old Coast Road and then back onto the Pacific Highway.

These diversions are not suitable for semi trailers over 28 tonne, rigid trucks over 20 tonne, or trucks higher than 4.6m.

Motorists should allow additional travel time and heavy vehicles should avoid the area.

Further south, a car accident is affecting southbound traffic on the Pacific Highway five kilometres south of Kempsey.

Motorists should exercise caution and allow extra time.

Northbound lanes remain open at this stage.

Emergency services are at the scene of both incidents.

1PM: NSW Ambulance paramedics have so far today attended at least 40 motor vehicle incidents in wet conditions across the state.

The high rate of accidents up until 1pm prompted the service to issue a safety warning to motorists particularly with wet conditions to prevail over the long weekend.

The New South Wales Transport Management Centre has advised motorists to allow plenty of extra travel time and plan their trips with heavy traffic expected on many major roads namely the Pacific Highway.

It says roads heading out of Sydney will be busier than normal from tonight until Monday night.

"Heavy holiday traffic is expected north of Sydney at Hexham, Macksville, Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Woodburn and Ewingsdale," the NSW Transport Management Centre said.

The busiest times on the roads are expected between 10am and 5pm.

For the latest traffic information click here or call 132 701.

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