Ute, car crash at Newrybar
A MAN is lucky to be alive after his car rolled on the Pacific Highway this morning.
At 7.30am, a northbound Toyota ute, driven by a local man in his 30s, lost control negotiating a bend on the highway at Newrybar.
The ute collided with a southbound Holden Commodore.
The ute spun 180 degrees before landing on its side.
The driver of the ute was trapped for more than an hour before NSW Ambulance, Rural Fire Service and the VRA freed him.
He sustained head and leg injuries and was transported to Tweed Heads Hospital.
The driver of the other vehicle, a 64-year-old from Sydney, was also taken to Tweed Heads Hospital in a stable condition.
Southbound and northbound traffic was closed in both directions.
It is expected the highway will reopen after 10am.
In the meantime, police are urging southbound motorists to travel through Byron Bay and onto the Coast Road.
northbound motorists should exit the highway at Ross Lane.
The Ballina Crash Investigation Unit are on scene.