The treacherous Tintenbar to Ewingsdale stretch of Pacific Highway has claimed another two lives after an accident at Knockrow, 500m north of the Macadamia Castle, yesterday afternoon.
A man and a woman, both 28, were killed after the car they were travelling in was crushed by a b-double truck.
Emergency services were called to the scene after the truck rolled on top of the car on the existing unduplicated section of the highway at around 3.30pm.
Two cranes and a heavy haulage truck had to be brought in to lift the truck from on top of the car and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was on standby to airlift any seriously injured passengers.
But when the truck was removed both the passengers in the car were confirmed dead.
The 26-year-old Queensland truck driver was uninjured and was interviewed at Ballina police station but no charges have been laid.
The accident caused lengthy delays and yesterday evening the highway remained closed in both directions.
Light vehicles had to be diverted northbound via Ross Lane and southbound via Lismore/Bangalow Road.
Heavy vehicles were diverted to the Bruxner Highway and New England Highway.