Emergency workers at the scene of the fatal crash on the Pacific Highway just north of Moonee Beach.
Emergency workers at the scene of the fatal crash on the Pacific Highway just north of Moonee Beach.

Four lives lost in three black days



IT'S BEEN a horrific start to the holiday period on North Coast roads with four people killed in three days.

Two people died and more than were 12 injured yesterday morning on the Pacific Highway at Emerald and Moonee Beaches near Coffs Harbour.

In a scene of total chaos, two separate motor vehicle accidents occurred less than one hour and 10 kilometres apart before 8am.

The devastation began at 7am when a mini-bus carrying eight men in their mid-20s confirmed to have been Melbourne-based band The Red Shore left the road just north of Cunningham's bridge at Moonee Beach, rolling a number of times before hitting a tree.

The lead singer of the band, Damien Morris, 27, died at the scene.

The merchandiser, 22, was initially trapped in the mini-bus, before being freed and taken to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital in a critical condition. He later died as a result of severe head injuries.

The remaining six passengers sustained minor injuries, ranging from lacerations to fractures, and were taken to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital in a stable condition.

The chaos turned to bedlam at 7.50am, when less than 10 kilometres north, there was a seven car pile-up. The 10 occupants were treated by paramedics.

On Tuesday, Gold Coast businessman David Taylor died when he was hit by a truck on the Pacific Highway at Chinderah.

About two hours later, Ballina man John Acret's car collided with a bus at the intersection of the Coast Road and Angels Beach Drive, Ballina. Mr Acret died in hospital.



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