Triple tragedy as L-plater crashes

THURSDAY night's tragic crash on the Pacific Highway at Ewingsdale is the second triple fatality in the region involving a learner driver in less than a month.

Three young Byron Shire men were killed when their car was struck by a southbound B-double transport about 8.15pm, as the learner driver attempted to enter the northbound land of the Pacific Highway from Woodford Lane.

It comes after the August 19 triple-fatality head-on collision on Tweed Valley Way, near Tumbulgum, which also involved a learner driver.

Tweed Byron Local Area Command Acting Superintendent Owen King said yesterday the involvement of inexperienced drivers in both those tragic incidents was a cause of serious concern for police.

He anticipated the coroner would look at the experience of the drivers when investigating the incidents. The 51-year-old Sydney truck driver told police there was nothing he could have done to avoid the collision.

The Byron Bay community will now mourn the loss of three men aged 22, 23 and 25.



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