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Motorists are advised to take care on the roads today as wet weather and gusty winds leave water and fallen debris on roadways in much of the region.

Two truck drivers are nursing minor injuries after a B-double and a semitrailer collided on the Pacific Highway, in an accident triggered by a fallen tree, at Wardell around 11.45 last night.

Richmond LAC duty officer Mick Dempsey told Echonetdaily that both had been travelling in a northerly direction about a kilometre south of Whyte Lane when the accident occurred.

‘One vehicle’s trailer jack-knifed as it attempted to negotiate the tree. The second truck hit the tree, then the trailer of the first truck, and then collided with the wire safety barrier in the middle of the road.

‘Both vehicles completely blocked the northbound lane and the impact caused the cabin of the B-double to dislodge and come to rest in the southbound lane,’ he said.

Salvage operations are continuing and a contraflow is in place.

There is further disruption to the highway as traffic skirts around potholes near the entrance to Possum Creek Road. Emergency road repairs are expected to take place there this morning.

Wet weather yesterday saw two more car accidents on the Pacific Highway.

A caravan being towed by a 4WD rolled at Uralba, just south of Ballina, around 11.45am, causing delays to southbound traffic.

A second accident at Cumbalum around 3.35pm delayed traffic for around 30 minutes.

No-one is believed to have been injured in either accident.

A minor car accident on Bangalow Road at Bexhill last night slowed traffic for about an hour between 8pm and 9pm.


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