Highway crashes keep crews busy

CAR pile-ups on the Pacific Highway at Moonee caused peak-hour pandemonium on Tuesday evening.

Thankfully there was no major injuries, but both traffic snarls meant it was a slow trip home for frustrated commuters.

The first smash happened at the Bucca Road intersection at 5.35pm when a man, 72, was turning right from Bucca Road onto the highway.

He thought he had the all-clear but instead, he slammed head-on into a Subaru sedan being driven north on the highway by an Emerald Beach woman, 42.

The wrecks blocked the road but worse was to come.

A 73-year-old Central Coast man who was also northbound braked to avoid a collision but slammed into the woman’s vehicle.

All three were taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus. The 72-year-old had a graze above his right eye, the 42-year-old had neck and chest pain and the 73-year-old had a dislocated right finger.

Traffic came to an abrupt halt either side of the accident zone, contributing to another three-car pile-up further south near Heritage Park Estate moments later.

The southbound cars shunted into each other concertina-style and two of them had to be towed away from the scene by salvage crews

Thankfully, all drivers escaped injury.

Emergency crews were flat out at both accidents, which happened in the midst of the police blitz Operation Cross.

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