More carnage on Pacific Highway
A 67-year-old Ocean Shores man has died after a two-car accident at the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Brunswick Valley Way at Yelgun last Friday.
The accident occured at about 1.20pm when the Ocean Shores man, thought to be turning right onto Brunswick Valley Way in a Toyota Camry, collided with a Ford Falcon.
The Ocean Shores man was the only occupant of the Toyota Camry and was trapped for a short time but freed by emergency services and taken to Tweed Heads District Hospital in a serious condition.
He later died at the hospital.
The occupants of the Ford Falcon, an 80-year-old Crabbes Creek man and his wife, were not seriously injured.
Ballina Crash Investigation Unit attended the accident and a crime scene was established.
Byron Bay police are investigating.
Meanwhile yesterday a seriously injured man was pulled from his small northbound SUV after running into the petrol tank of a southbound semi-trailer on the Pacific Highway, north of the Bangalow ramp shortly after midday.
Inspector Greg Jago, Duty Officer for Tweed Local Area command, confirmed the SUV driver was extricated from the wreck by Brunswick Heads Volunteer Rescue Association and taken to Byron Bay Hospital by ambulance in a serious condition.
The Goonellabah Hazmat team attended to mop up the potentially flammable scene caused by the substantial petrol leak from the refrigerated semi-trailer.
Insp Jago said the truck driver sustained no injuries and stayed nearby to aid emergency services.
Parts of the SUV wreckage were strewn at least 20 metres from the point of collision, just metres away from the Possum Creek turn-off.
Insp Jago said the cause of the crash could not be speculated on until the injured man had been interviewed.
Vehicles were diverted away from the Pacific Highway at the corner at the Ross Lane intersection and traffic was backed up in both directions for most of the afternoon.