German exchange student dies in crash
A 21-YEAR-OLD German exchange student has died and four people were taken to hospital following two serious accidents on Lismore roads yesterday.
The man was killed after the Nissan sports car he was driving collided with a truck travelling east along Kyogle Road at about 11.30am.
Police said the sports car was travelling west when the accident occurred about 500 metres before the 60km/h residential speed zone at Casino Street, South Lismore.
The driver and his 20-year-old male passenger, of Kyogle, had to be cut from the wreckage by the Police Rescue Unit and both were taken to Lismore Base Hospital with serious injuries. The driver later died.
Police said rain and speed were factors in the crash that is being investigated by the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit.
The female truck driver was also taken by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital.
Last night a spokesperson for the North Coast Area Health Service said both the sports car passenger and truck driver were in a serious condition.
A Richmond Hill couple in their 80s are in a serious condition in hospital after being involved in a collision with a grain truck on the Bangalow Road, about three kilometres north of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter base.
Insp Bill McKenna said the couple had stopped their vehicle for an unknown reason before the collision occurred.