Emergency crews had to cut a man from this wreck on the Pacific Highway at Korora.
Emergency crews had to cut a man from this wreck on the Pacific Highway at Korora. Frank Redward

Korora smash blood test

POLICE are awaiting the results of blood samples before they can conclude their investigations into a nasty smash at Korora.

Officers said the samples taken from a 33-year-old Queensland driver at hospital – where he was treated for concussion – would take two weeks to process.

He had to be cut from his overturned Mitsubishi Pajero after it skidded out of control into the path of a semi-trailer on the Pacific Highway at Korora at 8.20am on Sunday.

Police said the man had been visiting Coffs Harbour for a surfing competition and was returning to his accommodation when the accident happened. They also confirmed he had attended a party the previous night.

The impact with the fully-laden truck outside Paradise Palms Resort sent the four-wheel-drive flying into a power pole before it crashed down an embankment and came to rest on its side.

The semi-trailer ended up diagonally across both northbound lanes blocking the highway as well as the turning lane to Opal Cove Resort.

The truckie, 38, from Queensland, was not injured but was treated for shock.

SES crews and paramedics cut the man from the overturned Pajero and took him to Coffs Harbour Hospital. It is alleged the Pajero had overtaken vehicles on the inside lane of the highway as it headed north past the speed camera at Korora.

As the semi-trailer and escort vehicles merged into that lane, the Pajero broke hard to avoid running into the rear of the truck. Police say the Pajero then pulled into the right-hand lane and overtook the convoy before veering off the road and mounting a nature strip. It then swerved back onto the highway into the truck’s path.



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