Drivers survive massive crash
HOW no-one was killed in this highway pile-up at Sandy Beach late yesterday is a mystery.
The smash involved a semi-trailer, a B-double tanker and a car about 500 metres north of Graham Drive South at 4.30pm, blocking the highway in both directions and leaving a trail of damage over a wide area.
Early reports suggested a southbound car was overtaking and tried to pass the semi-trailer but the car then speared into the oncoming B-double.
Another southbound car avoided the impact zone by only metres.
Rescue crews initially feared they had a fatality on their hands but they discovered a man who had been briefly trapped in his wreck sustained only minor injuries.
Firefighters, however, had to contend with a 100-metre petrol and diesel slick courtesy of ruptured fuel tanks.
All commuters, except for heavy vehicles, were diverted along Graham Drive for about two hours and emergency crews remained at the scene into the early evening.
Further south on the highway at Coffs Harbour, traffic slowed to a crawl around a bottleneck at the Halls Road intersection where two cars collided about 5pm.