Two die in Christmas tragedy

IN A tragic start to Christmas Day, two people died in a single-car accident on the Pacific Highway at South Tweed Heads.

At about 1.20am on Christmas morning the southbound white Nissan Pintara the pair were travelling in left the roadway and crashed into a steel guard rail.

The Nissan then crossed both lanes and crashed into a steel and concrete pillar of the Greenway Drive Overpass.

The 49-year-old male driver suffered severe injuries and died at the scene.

The 50-year-old female passenger was removed from the vehicle with the assistance of the Tweed District Rescue Squad and taken by NSW Ambulance Paramedics to Tweed Heads Hospital, where she later died.

A german shepherd-cross puppy was found in the car and was taken into police care.

Sergeant Alan McKittrick of Tweed Heads Police said there were no witnesses to the accident and the reason the vehicle left the road was not known.

Mal Pearse of the Tweed District Rescue Squad said the accident was the third in eight days in the area.

"It just happens, but it is sad it happens and a lot of families won't be enjoying Christmas this year, unfortunately."

Anyone who witnessed the accident or has information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Tweed Heads Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.



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