Deadly highway claims another life
POLICE from Mid North Coast Local Area Command are preparing a report for the information of the Coroner following a fatal collision on the Pacific Highway near Nambucca Heads yesterday afternoon.
Police and emergency services were called to the scene about 500m north of Riverside Drive after a Toyota Camry sedan travelling south and a Kenworth prime mover and trailers travelling north collided shortly after 3pm.
The impact forced both vehicles off the highway into bush nearby, causing major traffic delays.
Initial reports said the driver of the sedan was missing from the vehicle.
However, police later confirmed the driver of the Camry, believed to be a 77-year-old woman from Curtin in the ACT, died at the scene.
It appears she was the only occupant of the sedan.
The truck driver, a 42-year-old man from Newport, escaped injury.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the crash or the circumstances leading up to it to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Motorists are still facing lengthy delays travelling along the Pacific Highway through Nambucca Heads while a salvage operation is carried out following yesterday's fatal car and truck incident.
Only one lane of the Pacific Highway is open north of Riverside Drive, and alternating (stop/slow) arrangements are in place.
Traffic through the area is very heavy, with northbound motorists queued four kilometres and southbound motorists queued four kilometres as well.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area or allow plenty of additional travel time as these arrangements are expected to be in place for the rest of the afternoon.
For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.