By Alex Easton
A Mullumbimby woman was killed and a Byron Bay man badly hurt in a head-on crash near Mullumbimby yesterday.
Police said the 19-year-old man's Toyota Soarer sports car and the 30-year-old woman's Toyota Camry collided on busy Mullumbimby Road, near Kings Creek, soon before 9am.
The crash, the sixth fatal accident on the Northern Rivers this year, forced police to close the road until just after midday.
The impact crushed the front end of the Camry, pushing it over a small embankment next to the road, and shredded the front of the Soarer, which came to rest across both lanes in the middle of the road.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, but police duty officer, Acting Inspector Brett Greentree, confirmed the Soarer had been travelling east, out of Mullumbimby, and the Camry had been travelling west, into town.
Police, ambulance, Brunswick Valley Rescue, the Mullumbimby Rural Fire Service and the Westpac Rescue Lifesaver Helicopter, all attended the accident.
The first emergency crews arrived on the scene minutes after the accident.
The man was taken to the Tweed Hospital with injuries to his shoulder and pelvis, but the woman died before emergency workers could cut her free from the wreck of her car, Acting Inspector Greentree said.
There was a baby seat in the rear of the woman's car, but Acting Inspector Greentree said the woman had been the only person in the car at the time of the crash.
Brisbane truck driver Mark Perkins, who was on his way into Mullumbimby when the crash happened, said the road had been filled with morning traffic.
"What I saw was just turmoil," Mr Perkins said.
"Immediately after the crash there were cars trying to do U-turns without regard for anyone else.
"There was quite a lot of traffic on the road and I was trying to avoid it."
Mr Perkins said he had feared there would be another crash as cars darted around the road.
However, he said many people also left their cars and rushed to help the two crash victims.
A spokeswoman for the North Coast Area Health Service said the man was last night in a serious but stable condition at the Tweed Hospital.
Police last night had not released the name of the woman killed in the accident.
Her death is the sixth on Northern Rivers roads since January 1, 10 weeks ago.
Since the start of 2005, the Northern Rivers stretch of the Pacific Highway has claimed four lives, including two in the notorious black spots of St Helena and Tintenbar.
The other two highway deaths were at Rileys Hill and Ocean Shores.
The most recent, before yesterday's crash, was a single-vehicle accident on Tweed Valley Way at Tumbulgum last weekend.
Anyone with information on yesterday's crash should call the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit on 66818681 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.