Police are responding to fatal crash – Pacific Highway near Grafton

Emergency services remain at the scene of a fatal crash in the state’s north today.

About 11.45am (Sunday 6 October 2019), emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway at Chatsworth, north of Grafton, following reports of a four-vehicle crash – including three sedans and an SUV towing a caravan.

Police have been told a silver sedan, travelling northbound, crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with oncoming traffic.

The female driver of the silver sedan died at the scene. Three passengers – a man, woman and girl – were all taken to Lismore Base Hospital with injuries. A dog also died at the scene.

The female driver of another sedan was trapped for a number of hours before being freed by emergency services. She has also been taken to Lismore Base Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The male driver of the third sedan was not physically injured in the crash.

The male driver of the SUV was not physically injured in the crash; however, the female passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District and the Crash Investigation Unit remain at the scene and have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

As inquiries continue, anyone with information or dashcam footage from the area, is urged to come forward.

The Pacific Highway is closed between Watts Lane, Harwood, and Chatsworth Road, Chatsworth, while the scene is being examined, and significant traffic diversions remain in place through to Grafton and Ballina.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area, delay travel where possible and check www.livetraffic.com for the latest information.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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