The mangled wreckage of the two cars involved in Sunday night’s head-on crash on the Summerland Way near Whiporie, which claimed the lives of a 48-year-old Grafton father and his 23-year-old son.
The mangled wreckage of the two cars involved in Sunday night’s head-on crash on the Summerland Way near Whiporie, which claimed the lives of a 48-year-old Grafton father and his 23-year-old son. Frank Redward

Father and son die in horror smash

A FATHER and son from Grafton are dead and a 35-year-old Lismore man is in a stable condition in the Lismore Base Hospital after a high speed, head-on car crash on the Summerland Way near Whiporie on Sunday night.

The crash occurred near the Pringles Way intersection, about 60km south of Casino, at 9.10pm.

The 23-year-old male driver of a Holden Commodore died at the scene after a collision with a Toyota four-wheel-drive.

His 48-year-old father and the Lismore man were airlifted by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to the Lismore Base Hospital.

A trauma doctor and a paramedic worked on the men during the 15-minute flight, but the 48-year-old Grafton man was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

The Lismore man, the sole occupant of the Toyota, arrived in a critical condition, but has since been stabilised.

Freelance photographer Frank Redward, who arrived at the scene about 50 minutes after the crash, said it appeared to be a particularly nasty accident.

“It was like both cars exploded,” he said. “There was a lot of debris on the road.”

Police have not released the names of the two men who died.

Helicopter chief pilot Lynton Beggs said it was a difficult operation. “It was very dark, no moon, you couldn’t see the horizon,” he said.

Mr Beggs said it had been his busiest January since he joined the service eight years ago.

The helicopter has attended five motor vehicle accidents in the last week.

The NSW road death toll for 2010 now stands at 17, eight more than at the same time last year.



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