Shocking road crash
By ED SOUTHORN
TWO boys are dead and their mother in a critical condition in hospital after a shocking road accident on the Tweed Valley Way near Tumbulgum yesterday morning.
Tweed Valley Way was closed between Clothiers Creek Road at the Condong Mill and the Tumbulgum bridge for more than two hours while police, ambulance and the accident investigation squad cleared the scene and began forensic investigations.
Tweed/Byron Police Inspector Owen King said yesterday's Tweed double-fatality was an awful tragedy.
"This is a terrible start to Easter," Insp King said. "We urge drivers to slow down and be careful, especially if it rains over the holiday weekend," he said.
The boys, believed to be aged nine and 16 ? from Murwillumbah's Mt St Patrick College ? and their mother were in a blue Daihatsu Terios when the crash occurred shortly after heavy morning rain at the intersection of Bartletts Lane and Tweed Valley Way about 8.30am.
The Daihatsu finished up almost unrecognisable in the middle of Tweed Valley Way about 10 metres from the intersection.
A white Pantec Isuzu truck was lying on its side halfway down an embankment of the Tweed River after crashing through a metal guard rail.
A statement from NSW Police Media later in the day said the Daihatsu appeared to have been travelling south when the driver lost control near Bartletts Lane, crossed to the wrong side of the Tweed Valley Way and collided head-on with the truck.
The 54-year-old truck driver from Queensland was taken to Tweed Hospital with minor injuries and was in a stable condition.
A third vehicle, a maroon Mitsubishi Magna wagon, ended up with a crushed front bonnet a few metres away from the Daihatsu wreck on Tweed Valley Way.
The Magna driver was also taken to Tweed Hospital with minor injuries.
The Daihatsu's radiator and part of its front chassis had been thrown about 40 metres and the Pantec's front wheels and axle were torn off.
A large contingent of emergency services, including police, firemen, ambulance officers and rescue squad personnel worked at the scene.
The boys' mother was taken by ambulance to Tweed Hospital with head and internal injuries and broken bones but was later moved to Gold Coast Hospital. Late last night she was in intensive care. The two boys died at the scene.