UPDATE: Police confirm fatality in highway crash
UPDATE, 4.30PM: Police have confirmed one person has died in a four-vehicle crash on the Pacific Highway north of Harwood this afternoon.
About 11.45am today emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway at Harwood following reports of a four-vehicle crash - including three sedans and an SUV towing a caravan.
Police believe a silver sedan, travelling northbound, crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with oncoming traffic.
The female driver of the silver sedan died at the scene. Three passengers - a man, woman and girl - were all taken to Lismore Base Hospital with injuries. A dog also died at the scene.
The female driver of another sedan was trapped for a number of hours before being freed by emergency services. She has also been taken to Lismore Base Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The male driver of the third sedan was not physically injured in the crash.
The male driver of the SUV was not injured in the crash; however, the female passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District and the Crash Investigation Unit remain at the scene and have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
As inquiries continue, anyone with information or dashcam footage from the area, is urged to come forward.
The Pacific Highway is closed between Watts Lane, Harwood, and Chatsworth Road, Chatsworth, while the scene is being examined, and significant traffic diversions remain in place through to Grafton and Ballina.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area, delay travel where possible and check www.livetraffic.com for the latest information.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
EARLIER: One person is trapped and other seriously injured in a four-vehicle crash on the Pacific Highway north of Harwood this afternoon.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has landed and is currently on the scene of the serious motor vehicle accident, which is around 2km north of the Harwood bridge on the Pacific Highway and reportedly involves three cars and a caravan.
Accident is reported to involve multiple vehicles with occupants of vehicles trapped and seriously injured.
A second Westpac Rescue Helicopter has now landed on scene. Multiple patients are being treated by local NSW Ambulance paramedics and both the helicopters Critical Care Medical Team.
The Pacific Highway is closed in both directions following the crash, and traffic is heavy in both directions.
Motorists should divert via Summerland Way and Bruxner Highway in both directions.