Highway accident injures six

A TWO -ehicle accident at Corindi Beach at around 2.30pm yesterday saw six people transported to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.

Police and four ambulances attended the scene, which caused traffic congestion for some time on the highway. Ambulance supervisor, Martin Wells, said both the driver and passenger of the south-bound vehicle suffered chest injuries and were in a stable condition. Other patients sustained minor injuries.

Down at Urunga SES controller Peter Butt said he thought the extra police patrolling busy roads as part of Operation Safe Arrival were having the desired effect.

“The traffic through here appears under control and people seem to be taking that extra bit of time to reach their destinations,” Mr Butt said.

Traffic through Macksville was reportedly very heavy on Saturday.

The Mid North Coast was described by police as one of the worst areas for minor incidents and impatient drivers stuck in traffic bottlenecks.

Eight people have died on NSW roads so far this holiday period.

Traffic services commander Chief Superintendent John Hartley said while serious crash and injury numbers were down, there were still too many people doing the wrong thing and endangering both their lives and those of other road users.

Double demerit points for speeding and seatbelt offences are in effect now until Operation Safe Arrival ends at midnight on Sunday, January 4.



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