Wild times on our highways

WILD, wet and woeful - that's what it was like for Coffs Coast motorists yesterday as our roads turned into hell.

Police repeated their warnings throughout the day for drivers to take extreme care and to avoid non-essential trips.

Unfortunately, emergency crews were run off their feet when many drivers came to grief.

Paramedics took three people to hospital when two sedans collided at the intersection of Toormina Road and Linden Avenue in Toormina at 8am.

Sawtell Fire Station commander, Keith Rhoades, said the smash happened at the traditionally busy commuting time and caused delays.

Mr Rhoades and his crews, along with police, city council and Country Energy staff dashed to Sawtell Road at Boambee at 9.20am when a large tree crashed on phone lines and blocked the road in both directions near Hamilton Drive.

A truck and a car collided at the intersection of Azalea Avenue and Combine Street in Coffs Harbour and a car aquaplaned on the Pacific Highway at Boambee.

A car slammed into a wooden fence in Mackays Road, Coffs Harbour, about midnight on Wednesday but the driver left the scene, police said.

Sergeant Brett Jackson from Coffs Harbour highway patrol pleaded with motorists to drive according to the conditions and to avoid flood waters.



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