A man has been airlifted to hospital in a serious condition following a head-on collision near Iluka this morning.
The head-on accident between a car and a truck occurred about 5am at Mororo, just north of the Iluka turnoff, blocked the highway in both directions for several hours.
Southbound lanes of the highway remain closed while northbound lanes are operating under a contra-flow.
A man was trapped inside his car for about an hour before being freed and airlifted to hospital in a serious condition.
The truck driver, who was not injured in the collision, was taken to Maclean Hospital where he underwent mandatory blood and urine tests.
Motorists are being warned to expect traffic delays through the area while emergency services remain on scene.
Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the collision are continuing.
Meanwhile, a brief will be prepared for the Coroner following the death of a woman in a single-vehicle crash on the Mid North Coast overnight.
Emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway at Valla about 11.45pm (Thursday 19 September 2013).
Early investigations indicate a car travelling south left the roadway, crashed into an embankment and flipped onto its roof.
The driver – a 23-year-old woman and the only occupant of the vehicle – died at the scene.
Police from the Mid North Coast Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
These accidents are a timely reminder for people about to travel over the September school holidays, which start tomorrow, to drive carefully.