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Pacific Highway fatal hits school and local community

UNDER INVESTIGATION: Fatal crash on the Pacific Highway at Kundabung where two Lismore locals died.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Fatal crash on the Pacific Highway at Kundabung where two Lismore locals died. Peter Gleeson Port Macquarie News

A MOTHER and daughter from Lismore were killed in tragic circumstances when their car collided with a furniture truck on the Pacific Highway at Kundabung, near Kempsey, early on Friday morning.

At about 5.15am, Nicole Taylor and her 12-year-old daughter Darcie Storer were travelling south on the Pacific Highway, about 25km south of Kempsey, when their Hyundai sedan collided with the northbound furniture truck.

Ms Taylor, 40, and Darcie, who was travelling in the back seat behind her mum, died at the scene.

The two other passengers in the Hyundai, Ms Taylor's 47-year-old husband, and their 14-year-old daughter, who were injured in the crash, remained in Port Macquarie Hospital last night in a stable condition.

Nortec confirmed the death of Ms Taylor had devastated her co-workers.

Lismore Heights Public School sent home a letter to parents yesterday informing them of the tragedy and offering counselling assistance.

"Our school community is very saddened by the tragic news of the passing of Year 6 student, Darcie Storer, and her mother, Nicole in a motoring accident in the early hours of this morning," principal Mark Scotton wrote.

"Together as a school community we will work through our grief in the difficult days ahead."

It is believed the 14-year-old girl injured in the crash was a student at Richmond River High.

The 44-year-old truck driver from Belmont near Newcastle, who sustained critical injuries, was trapped in the wreckage for more than an hour.

When he was finally released he was taken to Port Macquarie Hospital, then airlifted to Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital, were he remained last night in a critical condition.

The mid-north coast Crash Investigation Unit was called to the scene and the highway remained closed for more than four hours until one lane was opened in each direction at about 9.40am.

By this time traffic was banked up for several kilometres in both directions.

Anyone with any information is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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