Serious collision: A south-bound truck and a north-bound Daihatsu Charade collided on a sweeping bend about 800 metres north of Martells Road last Tuesday.
Serious collision: A south-bound truck and a north-bound Daihatsu Charade collided on a sweeping bend about 800 metres north of Martells Road last Tuesday. Frank Redward

Urunga crash victim clings to life

THE young man critically injured in a horror highway smash near Urunga this week is still hanging onto life.

The 23-year-old from the Newcastle suburb of Mayfield was hurled 20 metres from his wreck when it slammed into a B-double at 10.40pm on Tuesday south of the township.

He remained in a critical but stable condition late yesterday in Coffs Harbour Health Campus, where he is being treated for serious head, chest and leg injuries.

The man’s northbound Daihatsu Charade appears to have skidded in the wet and crossed to the wrong side of the road into the path of the oncoming B-double, driven by a Queensland man, 59.

The dreadful accident happened on a sweeping left-hand bend about 800 metres north of Martells Road.

The Daihatsu careered off the road and came to rest down an embankment.

The B-double continued hurtling south for another 100 metres before veering off the road and ploughing through scrub.

While the truck driver was not injured, he was also taken to hospital where he was treated for shock.

There is still no word from the Roads and Traffic Authority on when this notorious stretch of road will be fixed.



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