Four killed on north coast roads

FOUR people are dead and at least 15 others injured following a horror weekend on north coast roads.

In the first of the serious crashes at about 7.20am on Saturday, a Holden Commodore sedan and a B-double truck collided at the intersection of the New England Highway and Grafton Street in Glen Innes.

The Holden then crashed into a second car travelling north along the highway.

Two of the five occupants of the Holden suffered fatal injuries while emergency services personnel had to free two other people trapped inside their vehicles.

The other occupant of the Holden and the driver and sole occupant of the other car were taken to Glen Innes Hospital for treatment while the truck driver escaped the crash uninjured.

The injured were taken to Glen Innes Hospital with one man suffering chest and spinal injuries, another man a fractured leg and a woman with a fractured shoulder.

All three were airlifted to Tamworth Base Hospital for further treatment.

Officers from the Tamworth Crash Investigation Unit are conducting inquiries into the cause of the crash.

In the second fatal crash at 8.25am, a Toyota Tarago van was travelling east on the Bruxner Highway at Drake when the van rounded a bend, veered off the road and rolled several times.

A man died at the scene while five other people were injured and taken to Lismore Base Hospital suffering varying injuries including a severed finger, neck and chest injuries and one suffering spinal injuries.

In a third crash, about 11.10am, three vehicles collided on the Pacific Highway near Bangalow resulting in the death of a woman.

It is believed a Toyota Camry station wagon was travelling south on the highway when it crossed onto the opposite side of the road and collided with a car towing a caravan and a Kia Carnival van.

The female driver and sole occupant of the Camry, died at the scene.

Four people were taken by ambulance to Tweed Heads Hospital, another two to Byron Bay Hospital and one was flown by the Lifesaver Helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital. Their injuries are not known at this stage.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding all three fatal crashes are continuing with reports being prepared for the Coroner.

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