Crashes continue after horror day

POLICE are yet to release the names of the three men who died in separate accidents at Leeville and Woodburn on Monday.

In the Woodburn accident, a Nissan Navara ute towing a box trailer travelling south on the Pacific Highway collided with northbound semi-trailer 4km north of the town.

The driver of the ute, a 50-year-old man from the Kempsey area, was trapped in the vehicle for some time before he was released and airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital in a critical condition.

He died two hours later.

The driver of the semi-trailer, a 28-year-old man from Mackay, was taken to Ballina Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

The highway was blocked for several hours while detectives from the Ballina crash investigations unit examined the site.

The driver of a Nissan Navara that collided with a Toyota Hilux ute at Leeville near Casino on Monday, remained in Lismore Base Hospital's intensive care unit yesterday in a serious but stable condition. The two meatworkers in the Hilux died.

The run of bad accidents continued yesterday when two trucks collided on the Bruxner Hwy near Tabulam, resulting in the temporary closure of the westbound lane.

About 7.20am one truck was travelling west and braked heavily, causing its back end to swing into the path of a truck heading east.

Police, Fire and Rescue, State Emergency Service and Ambulance paramedics attended.

Both vehicles sustained major damage but neither driver was seriously injured.

Two drivers came unstuck yesterday afternoon when they collided head on in Terania St, North Lismore just after 2pm.

Police and emergency services personnel attended the crash in which no one was injured.



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