Firefighters clean up spilled diesel from the ruptured fuel tank of the semi-trailer involved in yesterday’s accident with a small SUV on the Pacific Highway at Bangalow.
Firefighters clean up spilled diesel from the ruptured fuel tank of the semi-trailer involved in yesterday’s accident with a small SUV on the Pacific Highway at Bangalow. Cathy Adams

Carnage on North Coast roads

A SERIOUSLY injured man was pulled from his small northbound SUV yesterdayafter crashing into the fuel tank of a southbound semi-trailer on the Pacific Highway, just north of Bangalow.

Tweed Local Area Command Inspector Greg Jago confirmed the driver was pulled from the wreck by members of Brunswick Heads Volunteer Rescue Association after the accident soon after midday.

He was taken to Byron Bay Hospital by ambulance in a serious condition.

The Goonellabah Fire Brigade HAZMAT team attended to mop up the potentially flammable scene caused by a substantial diesel leak from the refrigerated semi-trailer.

NSW Fire Brigade teams from Bangalow and NSW Rural Fire Services also attended.

Insp Jago said the truck driver sustained no injuries and stayed nearby to assist emergency services.

The SUV had been travelling north when it collided into the right-side of the semi-trailer.

Wreckage from the SUV was strewn at least 20 metres from the point of collision, just metres away from the Possum Creek turn-off.

Insp Jago would not speculate on the cause of the crash until the injured SUV driver had been interviewed.

Vehicles were diverted away from the Pacific Highway at the Ross Lane intersection and traffic was backed up in both directions for most of the afternoon.

Byron Bay police are hoping to talk to the injured man to determine what happened and investigations are continuing.

Meanwhile, a 67-year-old Ocean Shores man has died following a two-car accident at the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Brunswick Valley Way at Yelgun last Friday.

The accident occurred about 1.20pm when the Ocean Shores man, thought to be turning right on to Brunswick Valley Way in a Toyota Camry, collided with a Ford Falcon.

He was the only occupant of the Camry and was trapped for a short time before being freed by emergency services and taken to Tweed Heads District Hospital in a serious condition. He later died.

The occupants of the Ford Falcon, an 80-year-old Crabbes Creek man and his wife, were not seriously injured.

Ballina Crash Investigation Unit officers attended the accident and a crime scene was established. Byron Bay police are investigating.

In other accidents, two women died and three children were treated at the scene in a single-car accident at Glenugie, near Wooli, on Sunday.

A 56-year-old South Kempsey man remains in a critical condition after his motorbike collided with a Holden Commodore north-east of Kempsey on Sunday afternoon.

Police have called for witnesses to any of the accidents to come forward.



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