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Double tragedy in horror day on Pacific Highway

UPDATE 1PM:

Police will not release the details of the driver of a car who was killed in a crash with a truck south of Woodburn yesterday until their identity is confirmed.

Lismore police Inspector Doug Conners said police would wait till scientific testing or DNA testing had confirmed the person's identity before releasing their details to the media.

INITIAL: TWO people have been killed in a horror day on the roads of the Northern Rivers.

About 5pm yesterday emergency services were called to a head-on crash involving a semi-trailer and a sedan on the Pacific Highway at Woodburn.

Both vehicles caught on fire, which also ignited surrounding bushland.

Police confirmed the driver of the sedan - who has not yet been formally identified - died at the scene.

The truck driver was treated by paramedics and taken to Lismore Base Hospital, where he will undergo mandatory blood and urine tests.

It is understood he suffered burns to his hands.

A crime scene was established and will be examined by specialist officers.

The Pacific Hwy was closed in both directions.

CRASH SCENE: Crash between two cars on the Bruxner Highway near the intersection with McInnes Road.
CRASH SCENE: Crash between two cars on the Bruxner Highway near the intersection with McInnes Road. Cathy Adams

It was the fourth serious crash on the Northern Rivers in just three days.

A motorbike rider, 57, was also killed yesterday in a head-on crash with a Ford Falcon XR6 sedan driven by a 45-year-old woman.

The woman was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in shock, but suffered no significant injuries.

Lismore police Inspector Doug Conners said preliminary indications suggested the motorcyclist travelled on to the incorrect side of the road

"As he has rounded the sweeping bend, he has travelled directly into the path of the oncoming vehicle. He sustained fatal injuries," Insp Conners said.

On Tuesday a 19-year-old man was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition after a high speed head-on crash on the Bruxner Hwy at McKees Hill.

The driver of the other car, a 76-year-old man, was taken to Lismore Base Hospital with a broken arm and right ankle.

In yet another incident, a single vehicle rollover at Bora Ridge near Coraki on Monday, a 35-year-old woman was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition with serious head injuries.

She underwent surgery but remained in a critical condition.

Insp Conners said the "tragic" crashes were a timely reminder for drivers to be safe on the roads.

"Unfortunately in this area we see way too many serious motor vehicle accidents and people's live change forever," he said.

"It's devastating for everyone.

"Any significant road trauma should come with a safety message - people need to be mindful on our roads.

"Complacency sometimes creeps into it with motorists who are familiar with the road and sadly this (the Numulgi fatal crash) is just a tragic reminder of the need to always exercise caution."

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