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Horror crash on Pacific Highway claims two lives

John Gass

UPDATED, 5pm:

The Pacific Highway has been reopened between Ballina and Wardell after this morning's fatal crash near Pimlico. 

Doctors are still operating on a 33-year old man who was airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter following the incident. Hospital staff report his condition as serious but stable.

He was ejected from his vehicle during the head-on crash and sustained a serious head injury, along with severe leg and chest injuries.

UPDATED, 4.20pm:

THE TWO people killed in this morning's head-on crash on the Pacific Highway south of Ballina were a couple aged in their 50s, according to NSW Police.

Police also believe the couple were locals, although they have not been formally identified. 

The couple's vehicle burst into flames shortly after colliding with an oncoming vehicle driven by a 33-year-old man, who survived the crash but remains in a serious condition at Gold Coast Hospital.

A NSW Police media spokesman said investigators believed speed was a factor in the crash, given the severity of the damage to the burnt vehicle. 

Emergency services remain at the crash scene, located 1km south of Pimlico, including forensic investigators aided by local RFS crews.

The Pacific Highway is closed in both directions with traffic directed in a long detour via the Bruxner Highway and Summerland Way.

ORIGINAL STORY:

TWO people have been killed in a crash on the Pacific Highway south of Ballina this morning.

According to NSW Police, the crash occurred at about 6.20am when two vehicles collided about 5km south of Ballina near Pimlico.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and found a 33-year-old man on the roadway.

He suffered serious injuries, was treated at the scene and later airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital in a serious condition.

One of the vehicles was engulfed in flames, and once the flames were extinguished, police discovered two bodies within the car.

A crime scene has been established by police and will be examined by forensic specialists.

The Pacific Highway, is closed in both directions and a number of diversions are in place. For more information motorists should visit www.livetraffic.com.

Investigations continue and police are appealing for information.



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