Rain sparks road mayhem
ADD a shower or two of rain to Coffs Coast roads after a dry spell and it appears all hell breaks loose.
The slippery conditions yesterday contributed to a spate of accidents resulting in trips to hospital for several commuters and a hectic time for police, paramedics and firefighters.
With the rain set to continue, our emergency services are bracing themselves for even more chaos on the roads.
Three injured young men managed to climb out of their overturned wreck on the Pacific Highway north of the Big Banana at 11am.
Their northbound Commodore ran off the road and slammed into a light pole and scrub, with the trio sustaining hand and facial injuries.
They clambered out of a side window and were treated at the scene before being taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
A distressed relative following them in another Commodore came to a grinding halt when the smash happened. Emergency crews were at the scene for an hour.
A woman was treated for a minor head injury at Coffs Harbour Health Campus when she lost control of her car on the Pacific Highway at Moonee at 8.45am.
Police said the 49-year-old was heading south when she crossed to the wrong side of the road and careered into two other cars about 4km south of the Bucca Road turnoff.
The pile-up delayed traffic for up to 40 minutes.
A Woolgoolga man, 27, and his front-seat passenger had a close shave when they slipped off a wet road at Coffs Harbour’s Park Beach at 9.15am.
Police said the man lost control of his Ford Falcon sedan as he rounded a bend at the intersection of Arthur Street and Hogbin Drive and slammed into trees.
Luckily, neither the driver nor the passenger were injured.
Elsewhere, an elderly woman who complained of neck and chest pain was taken to hospital after her car ploughed into an embankment on Waterfall Way about 10km east of Thora at 12.15pm.
More chaos unfolded later in the afternoon at Toormina when two cars collided at the intersection of Lyons and Toormina roads at 2.30pm.
Two people needed medical treatment.
The pandemonium continued with another smash at Moonee near the Bucca Road intersection at 3.15pm.
A fleet of ambulances took three women to hospital after the two-car accident.