Tribute to Dixie and Rachel Erlandsen.
Tribute to Dixie and Rachel Erlandsen. David Barwell

Tributes flow in for the Erlandsen family

THE devastating loss of a loving mother and daughter has sent shock-waves through the Coffs Coast community.

Late on Friday afternoon, emergency services were called to the Pacific Hwy at Valla Beach Rd after a collision between an ambulance and a small car.

The driver of the car, Coffs Harbour Bishop Druitt College student Rachel Erlandsen, 17, and her mother Dixie, 50, the president of the Urunga Football Club, died at the scene.

There has been an outpouring of support for the Erlandsen family across the Coffs Coast, with friends and family describing the mother and daughter as kind, generous and cherished members of the community.

Bishop Druitt College principal Alan Ball said there was a desperate sadness about the tragedy.

“Dave Halverson – Dixie’s partner, Rachel’s father Peter, her siblings Jess and Andrew, Rachel’s friends from Year 12, Jess’ friends in Year 8, and the staff who taught and worked closely with Rachel at BDC are devastated by this news,” Mr Ball said.

Tributes also poured in from the Urunga Public School’s P&C committee where Dixie had been a long-standing member.

A memorial service for Rachel and Dixie will be held at the end of the week.



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