Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

Highway reopens after crash

UPDATE: THE Pacific Highway has been reopened in both directions near the Ross Lane exit after a petrol tanker was removed from the road.

The highway was closed at 3pm yesterday after a crash between the tanker and a car.

The Transport Management Centre warned traffic remained heavy in the area and is advising drivers to exercise caution and allow additional travel time while traffic conditions returned to normal.

The delay in reopening the highway had been in place to allow for the "complex" salvage of the crashed petrol tanker.

 

SUNDAY: AN accident between a car and petrol tanker closed the Pacific Hwy yesterday at about 3pm.

The crash occurred 12km north of Ballina at Tintenbar, near the Ross Ln exit towards Lennox Head.

The single occupant of the car was trapped for more than an hour due to the impact of the collision with the truck.

The male was treated on scene by emergency services and released from the car.

The driver of the car was then flown by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter service to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious condition with multiple trauma injuries.

The male driver of the petrol tanker received only minor injuries and was transported by ambulance also to Ballina Hospital.The collision occurred on the very northern end of the Ballina bypass, were the dual carriageway returns to single lanes.

The highway was completely blocked by the truck, which rolled onto its side covering all lanes.

As a result of the collision, one of the trucks' tanks rolled onto its side and ruptured.

Hazmat crews arrived at the scene to limit the amount of fuel leaking onto the road.

Traffic was diverted for several hours until the area was cleared.

Diversions were put in place but motorists experienced delays and were asked to postpone their trips if possible.

Light vehicles were diverted to use the Coast Road via Ballina and Lennox Head in both directions.

Heavy vehicles were prompted to delay their journey on the Pacific Highway.



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