Woman badly injured in highway crash
A WOMAN has been seriously injured in a Pacific Highway accident north of Corindi when the van she was travelling in collided with a truck blocking the roadway.
The silver Fiat van crashed into the semi-trailer after it jackknifed on the Dirty Creek Range, about 40km north of Coffs Harbour, on Tuesday night about 10pm.
Police said the 56-year-old truck driver lost control of the fully-laden heavy vehicle, careered off the road and crashed into an embankment.
The prime mover and its trailers came to rest in the centre of the road, blocking three lanes of traffic.
Moments later the young couple travelling south in the small van were unable to avoid an impact, crashing at speed into the driver’s side of the prime mover near the edge of the leading trailer.
The female passenger was trapped in the wreckage for 40 minutes before she was freed by emergency services.
NSW Ambulance officers said she was taken to Coffs Harbour hospital suffering severe compound fractures to her right leg and hip, facial injuries and suspected spinal injuries.
She was reported to be a serious, but stable condition.
The male driver, meanwhile, escaped with minor injuries.
The roadway was blocked overnight and highway traffic resumed on both sides of the highway at 7.10am this morning.
Hazmat and NSW Fire and Rescue crews contained a fuel spill at the scene.
The accident, on a notorious sweeping bend of the highway, is the subject of a police road crash investigation.