Crash probe as pair cling to life

AS police continue their probe into Wednesday’s fatal smash south of Macksville, two victims cling to life.

Investigators still don’t know the cause of the accident which caused traffic chaos either side of the smash zone at Warrell Creek.

Shortly before 3pm, a Holden Commodore was heading south on the highway when it slammed head-on into a northbound Holden Commodore.

The driver of the southbound Holden, an 80-year-old Mascot man, was taken to Coffs Harbour hospital before he was airlifted to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital, where he remained in a serious condition yesterday.

One of his passengers, a 78-year-old Tuncurry woman, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Coffs Harbour hospital, where she later died.

His other passenger, a 77-year-old Tuncurry woman, was also airlifted to Coffs Harbour hospital where she remained in a critical condition yesterday.

The driver and sole occupant of the northbound Holden, a 42-year-old Macksville woman, sustained minor injuries.

Police established a crime scene and their ongoing inquiries continue.

“It appears the southbound Commodore has crossed to the wrong side of the road,” said Senior Constable Andrew Nelson from the Crash Investigation Unit.

“We don’t know why and we haven’t had the opportunity to talk to the driver but we have a number of witnesses who saw what happened.”

The smash blocked both lanes of the highway for almost two-and-a-half hours.

Emergency services spent an hour freeing the occupants as the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene.

Light vehicles were diverted via Old Warrell Creek Road while trucks queued in both directions.

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