Families to farewell close mates

AS the police probe continues into Monday’s fatal Urunga smash, two families are preparing to farewell their loved ones.

A southbound white Holden Commodore sedan crossed to the wrong side of a slippery Pacific Highway about one kilometre south of Urunga at 8.40am and slammed into an oncoming silver Toyota Avalon sedan.

The Commodore driver, Damian Gibb, 29, from Toormina, died at the scene, along with his front seat passenger and mate, Corindi Beach man Christopher Harvey, 28.

Mr Gibb’s backseat passenger and partner, a Toormina woman, 28, survived the horrific smash and was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus where she was treated for suspected broken ankles.

The Avalon driver, a Valla woman, 54, was also taken to hospital and treated for suspected pelvic/hip fractures.

Witnesses have told police speed did not appear to be a factor in the smash, which happened on a straight stretch of undivided road.

Some vehicles including semi-trailers were allowed around the accident site ahead of the highway’s closure for up to four hours when traffic was diverted through Hungry Head.

Police from the Coffs Clarence local area command and highway patrol crews secured the crash scene to begin their investigations.



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