TWO CRASHES: A night of horror on highway
A HORROR night on the Pacific Highway saw emergency services attend two crashes involving trucks within a few hours.
Two of the crashes occurred south of Ballina at Tabbimobile, with the first causing a massive traffic jam as the highway was closed while police, ambulance and fire services attended the three-vehicle incident.
Coffs-Clarence Police District Duty Officer Inspector Brendan Gorman, said the incidents were a strong reminder for people to take extra care in wet weather.
He said police were called out twice to the same the part of Tabbimobile, but fortunately no-one was seriously injured.
Insp Gorman said the first crash occurred at 5.15pm on Wednesday when a table-top truck was travelling north near the Jackybulbin Road turnoff at Tabbimobile.
"At the time due to torrential rain, visibility was low at the time," he said.
"The table-top truck has crossed into the southbound lane causing vehicle two, a white RAV 4 driving south to take evasive action, but the truck collected with the side of the RAV 4."
Insp Gorman said this caused a B-Double travelling behind the table-top truck to collide with the RAV 4.
"The driver and passenger of the RAV 4 were taken to McLean Hospital with minor injuries," he said.
"The diesel spill was dealt with by the Hazmat Fire & Rescue crew from Grafton and RFS (Rural Fire Service) were also on scene. The road was closed for about two and a half hours and reopened around 7.30pm."
Insp Gorman said the investigation of the incident are still continuing.
A few hours later police were called to another motor vehicle crash, which saw a close call for the driver.
"About 11.50pm, a semi-trailer travelling north on Pacific Highway at Tattimobile has also had an accident." he said.
"In a dual lane the trailer has started to overtake the prime mover and as a result the semi trailer jack-knifed and collided with a table drain on the side of the road."
Insp Gorman said while the truck suffered significant damage, no-one was injured.
"Investigations are continuing on this incident also," he said.
"We remind people to take care in the wet and have regular rests."