Emergency crews at the scene of the smash on the Pacific Highway south of Ballina.
Emergency crews at the scene of the smash on the Pacific Highway south of Ballina. Northern Star

Highway blocked at Corindi

TWO separate truck accidents, one north of Corindi and the other south of Ballina, caused chaos on the Pacific Highway yesterday.

A southbound B-double left the road and jackknifed on Dirty Creek Range, about 400 metres south of Range Road, about 2.15am.

Moments later a semi-trailer travelling in the same direction was unable to avoid the heavy vehicle as it blocked the roadway.

It made contact with one of the prime mover’s trailers, but police say the approaching driver was able to break heavily and avoid a more serious impact.

He was uninjured, while paramedics transported the driver of the B-double to Coffs Harbour Hospital with shoulder injuries.

Woolgoolga Fire Station commander Ray Webb said almost 1000 litres of diesel was contained at the scene, including a large spill that contaminated the roadside table drain.

“Two northbound lanes were covered in diesel and a backhoe was also brought in by the RTA to clear contaminated soil,” Mr Webb said.

He said the site was contained by a Coffs Harbour Hazmat crew, NSW Rural Fire Service crews from Corindi and Sherwood Creek, and NSW Fire and Rescue firefighters from Woolgoolga.

The road remained partially blocked until mid-morning when the trucks were towed from the scene. Police say the cause of the accident is being investigated.



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