AS POLITICIANS continue to squabble over funding for the Pacific Highway upgrade traffic was thrown into chaos for most of yesterday between Macksville and Tweed Heads following three separate incidents.
Motorists experienced extensive delays at Ewingsdale after a B-double rolled late on Thursday night near the Byron Bay exit.
Emergency services were called to the scene about 500 metres north of the Byron Bay interchange around 11.30 pm after the semi, carrying timber, jack-knifed and rolled before colliding with a tree.
Police from the Tweed Byron local area command attended and found the B-double's trailers on their side, its cab jack-knifed and resting against a tree on a roadside grass embankment.
Paramedics tended to the 38-year-old driver at the scene before taking him to The Tweed Hospital in a stable condition with minor shoulder injuries.
A Northern NSW Local Health District spokeswoman said the driver was in a stable condition yesterday morning and was discharged yesterday afternoon.
All southbound traffic was initially diverted via the old Pacific Highway and heavy vehicles were advised to use the New England Highway as an alternative route.
About 10am one lane of the highway was opened. However, southbound carriageway remained closed until shortly before 5pm while the B-double was removed from the scene.
Traffic queued for more than 6km at times during the day.
Motorists travelling north through Macksville experienced delays after a 70-year-old man was killed when his Holden Commodore crossed into the path of a south-bound light rigid truck about 7.55am.
Extensive delays occurred until the highway was reopened around 10.15 am.
Traffic was again delayed when a car burst into flames on the highway 5km south of Pimlico at 1.25pm.