The driver of this vehicle somehow managed to walk away.
The driver of this vehicle somehow managed to walk away. TREVOR VEALE

Pile-up witnesses sought

MORE details have emerged about Thursday’s spectacular pile-up on the Pacific Highway at Sandy Beach.

Emergency crews are amazed no one died in the late-afternoon smash, which came at the height of peak hour.

The accident happened 500 metres north of Graham Drive South at 4.30pm when a south-bound Holden Commodore was overtaking.

Police said the driver, a Queensland 67-year-old, was passing a B-double when he braked heavily at the end of the overtaking lanes and tried to pull back in behind the B-double.

The car driver lost control and crossed to the wrong side of the road, slamming heavily into an oncoming Kenworth semi-trailer driven by a Queensland man, 38.

The car then spun out of control and wound up on the western side of the highway.

The north-bound Kenworth came to a halt 200m north of the impact zone.

The car driver sustained only minor injuries and was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for further assessment.

Rescue crews initially feared they had a fatality on their hands but they discovered the man who had been briefly trapped in his wreck had walked away relatively unscathed.

The smash blocked the highway for about two hours and traffic, except for heavy vehicles, was diverted along Graham Drive.

Firefighters cleaned up a petrol and diesel slick which extended for 100 metres and salvage crews worked to clear the scene of debris, which was hurled over a wide area.

Police are continuing their investigations into the accident and have already interviewed a number of witnesses and are appealing for more to come forward.

Contact Woolgoolga Police Station on 6654 1244 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if you can help.

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