HORROR SMASH: Police at the scene of a two-car accident on the Pacific Highway near Karuah, north of Newcastle, which killed a
HORROR SMASH: Police at the scene of a two-car accident on the Pacific Highway near Karuah, north of Newcastle, which killed a

Four dead in crash on Pacific Highway



SYDNEY (AAP). ? A family of four killed in an accident on the Pacific Highway near Karuah had been returning home from a holiday in Lismore.

A couple, both 29, and their six-yearold twins died on Monday when their station wagon and a sedan collided on a single-carriageway section of the highway 6km north of the Tea Gardens turn-off.

Police said fatigue could have been to blame for the accident, which happened as the family returned to Ashtonfield, near Maitland, after driving several hundred kilometres from Lismore.

Their Ford Falcon station wagon appeared to have crossed the road and hit the other car side-on.

Five people in the other car were injured and one was still in a critical condition last night.

nNSW Premier Morris Iemma said yesterday he understood public frustration at delays in upgrading the highway.

Nationals MP Andrew Fraser said the crash could have been avoided if the NSW Government had not shirked its responsibility to fund upgrades of the road between Hexham and the Queensland border.

The Coffs Harbour MP, who physically attacked Roads Minister Joe Tripodi in Parliament during debate about the highway last month, said the delays included work on a dual carriageway planned for the Tea Gardens section of the highway.

"If there had been a barrier between those opposing lanes of traffic, the likelihood of a death occurring from this accident would be fairly slim, I would suggest," Mr Fraser said.



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