News

Devastating scene as couple perish in head-on highway crash

TRAGEDY: Two people perished after their car burst into flames in a two car collision at Pimlico on the Pacific Highway early on Saturday morning. One survivor remains in a serious but stable condition in the Gold Coast Hospital.
TRAGEDY: Two people perished after their car burst into flames in a two car collision at Pimlico on the Pacific Highway early on Saturday morning. One survivor remains in a serious but stable condition in the Gold Coast Hospital. Doug Eaton

AN horrific head-on crash on the Pacific Highway south of Ballina early on Saturday morning tragically claimed the lives of a couple in their 50s.

Police are yet to identify the couple, who perished when they struck an oncoming vehicle while travelling south and their car burst into flames.

The crash occurred on a leafy bend of the highway at Coolgardie, about 5km south of Ballina and just north of Wardell.

Emergency services were called to the crash about 6.20am to find a devastating scene in which one car was on fire, with another split in two pieces several metres apart.

The 33-year-old driver of the second car was thrown from his vehicle and found by emergency services lying on the southbound lane.

He is believed to be from Lennox Head.

He was airlifted by the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter to the Gold Coast Hospital in a serious condition with severe leg and chest injuries and serious head trauma.

Doctors spent most of Saturday operating on the man who by the end of the day was listed as in a serious but stable condition.

Emergency services including police rescue, local RFS crews, and the major crash investigation unit spent most of the day at the crash scene, with the Pacific Highway closed in both directions until about 5pm. Police investigators believe speed was a factor in the crash.

The double fatality comes just days after the NSW Planning Department announced it had approved plans for the Ballina to Woolgoolga stretch of the Pacific Highway to be upgraded to a separate dual lane highway.

A final stamp of approval for the upgrade is required from Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Topics:  car accident, fatal crash, pacific highway




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

The Hard Word: Ballina freezes over

Meridian Theory at Ballina Hotel for the Hell Freezes Over festival. Photo Asagai Images

There was more going on in Ballina than just cold temperatures.

WATCH: Three cheers for lantern volunteers

George "The Professor" makes the star lanterns at the Lantern Parade workshop.

Forgot to put money in the buckets last night?

Avocados: Well worth the hass-le

Kate Thompson (right) at her New Brighton Farmers Market stall, with assistant Stevi Richardson. PHOTO: KATE O'NEILL

Meet Alstonville organic avocado grower Kate Thompson

Latest deals and offers

OPINION: Should we give up the great Aussie dream?

Generic housing Rural View.

First home buyers are struggling big time

Commercial Property June 16 edition

SNAPPED UP: A sushi shop in a106sq mground-floor tenancy with a 43sq moutdoor area in Southport Central Towers on the Gold Coast has sold for $954,000.

RealCommercial edition June 16, 2016.