Five cars in pile-up
WET weather played havoc on Tweed roads yesterday, culminating in a five-car pile-up on the Pacific Highway near the Kennedy Drive overpass.
The crash blocked the northbound lane for more than half an hour and created a traffic snarl that stretched past Sexton Hill.
Police have urged motorists to take care and drive to conditions in the wet weather after a predictably bad day on the roads.
The pile-up happened about 1.30pm DST when a stationary car, which had broken down, was hit by another vehicle.
According to Sergeant Wayne King of Tweed Heads Police, the collision sent one of the cars into the second lane of the highway, creating a domino effect and leading to three more cars crashing.
Of the five people involved, no one was trapped.
One male was transported to The Tweed Hospital by ambulance suffering back injuries. Police, firefighters and ambulance attended, along with tow trucks used to clear the wreckage.
Police investigations are continuing, but speed and weather conditions are being blamed for the crash.
Sergeant Rob Taylor said police had been run off their feet and motorists had to drive more slowly on wet days.
“People have got to drive to conditions,” Sgt Taylor said.
Another accident occurred earlier in the day when a female driver travelled the wrong way up the Gold Coast Highway.
Two cars had to be towed from the messy crash, but no-one needed hospital treatment.
The third crash of the day was a two-vehicle accident at Mahers Lane, Terranora.
The 3.30pm crash happened near the entrance to Lindisfarne Anglican School.
A four-wheel-drive and a hatchback sedan sustained minor damage in the accident.
It was initially feared a person was trapped in one of the vehicles, but it proved to be a false alarm, with all injuries treated at the scene by ambulance crew.
Scattered showers are expected to continue for the rest of the week.