Fire crews at the crash scene yesterday.
Fire crews at the crash scene yesterday. Brendan Ray

Two men die in head-on smash

THE lives of two young Coffs Coast men were lost on a hill south of Urunga yesterday.

Police still don’t know why their southbound white Holden Commodore crossed to the wrong side of a slippery Pacific Highway about one kilometre from the township at 8.40am and crunched into an oncoming silver Toyota Avalon.

However, witnesses have told police speed did not appear to be a factor in the smash, which happened on a straight stretch of undivided road.

Police were late yesterday not releasing the names of the dead men – the driver was 29 from Toormina and his front seat passenger was 28 from Corindi Beach – because their relatives were still being informed.

Their backseat passenger, a 28-year-old woman from Toormina, was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus and treated for suspected broken ankles.

The 54-year-old Valla woman in the other car was also taken to hospital and treated for suspected pelvic/hip fractures.

Both women were late yesterday in stable conditions.

Emergency crews had the grim task of removing the men’s bodies from their tangled wreck and the tragic scene took on even bleaker dimensions as showers swept in.

Some vehicles including semi-trailers were allowed around the accident site ahead of the highway’s closure for up to four hours, when traffic was diverted through Hungry Head.

Urunga SES senior rescue officer Peter Butt was among the emergency personnel working at the scene and dealing with more highway carnage.

“When we turned up we found two vehicles in the northbound lanes in a heavy collision,” Mr Butt said.

“The road was wet and slippery but I don’t know if that has contributed.

“The ambulance officers had a female out of one of the vehicles and transported her to hospital. It’s been quite a heavy impact.”

Mr Butt had an unambiguous message for highway motorists: “Please drive to the road conditions.”

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