Multiple crashes including a collision with a cow
EMERGENCY services have been kept busy this morning attending to two crashes on Northern Rivers roads, including one involving a cow.
Police and paramedics were called to a crash 200 metres west of Lismore Airport where a car had collided with a cow on the Bruxner Highway just before 5am.
A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said the 21-year-old driver of the car was treated at the scene for head lacerations before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.
Then at about 5am a head-on collision between a truck and a car on the Pacific Highway at Jackybulbin Flat, 10km north of the Iluka turnoff, blocked the highway.
A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said the male driver of the car was trapped in his vehicle for more than an hour.
He was released from the vehicle and treated at the scene by paramedics before being airlifted by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to the Gold Coast Hospital in a critical condition.
The spokeswoman said the driver of the truck was taken to Maclean Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.
The highway was blocked in both directions for almost three hours resulting in 5km queues north and south of the incident.
Alternating stop slow traffic conditions in the northbound lane were put in place just before 8am.
Motorists are advised to expect delays and allow extra travel time while wreckage is cleared from the southbound lane.