Emergency services attend the scene of a four-vehicle crash on the Pacific Hwy near Pottsville.
Emergency services attend the scene of a four-vehicle crash on the Pacific Hwy near Pottsville. Contributed

Man dies in hospital following Pottsville crash

UPDATE: Monday, February 2: AN 84-year-old man has died in Gold Coast Hospital on Sunday following the four-vehicle crash near Pottsville on Tuesday, January 27. The 78-year-old woman who was in the same Toyota Corolla remains in hospital.

The remaining drivers and passengers involved in the incident received minor injuries and were taken to Tweed Heads Hospital.   

ORIGINAL STORY: TWO people remain in hospital in a critical condition after a four-vehicle crash near Pottsville on Tuesday. 

About 12.15pm, emergency services were called to a multi-vehicle crash on the Pacific Hwy just north of Cudgera Creek, Tweed District Rescue Squad spokesman Jamie Stoddart said. 

"On arrival crews found three vehicles involves with one vehicle having two persons still trapped inside," Mr Stoddart said. 

"Rescue crews used hydraulic cutting gear to free the casualties from the car."

Prior to the crash, a man, 61, was driving a Holden Commodore sedan south along the Pacific Hwy at Cudgera Creek, police said.

A 78-year-old woman with a male passenger, 84, were also travelling south in a Toyota Corolla sedan, when the two cars collided. 

The Toyota was seen crossing a median strip before entering northbound lanes. It then hit a Kia which was travelling north, police said. 

Emergency services responded to a four-car crash on the Pacific Hwy near Pottsville on Tuesday.
Emergency services responded to a four-car crash on the Pacific Hwy near Pottsville on Tuesday. Sue Gardiner

The Kia was driven by a woman, 26 and had a 31-year-old male passenger. 

The Toyota collided with another northbound vehicle - driven by an 18-year-old woman and with a 22-year-old female passenger - before coming to a stop. 

The occupants of the Toyota Corolla were airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital in a critical condition. 

The remaining drivers and passengers involved in the incident received minor injuries and were taken to Tweed Hospital. A 61-year-old man remains in hospital for observation; however all other people have been released.

Police said the Ballina-based Crash Investigation Unit would continue to investigate the incident.

They urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

It's understood traffic was banked up in both directions for several kilometres.



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