A crash involving seven vehicles closed the Pacific Highway 2km south of Newrybar for more than two hours on Friday afternoon (June 6).
The crash happened about 4pm when a Nissan Micra, travelling south, and northbound Toyota Hilux collided.
Those cars then struck a Hyundai Elantra and two other vehicles, with a sixth and seventh vehicle running into the back of them.
The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter airlifted the driver of the Nissan Micra, a 43-year-old man from Queensland, to Lismore Base Hospital.
Two others were taken to Lismore Base Hospital by road ambulance: the 30-year-old female driver of the Hyundai, and the 44-year-old female driver of the seventh vehicle, who was from Burleigh Heads.
The drivers of the other four vehicles: a 28-year-old man from Queensland, a 47-year-old man from Pottsville, a 54-year-old man also from Queensland, and a man from New Zealand were checked by NSW Ambulance Paramedics at the scene.
The accident was attended by police NSW Fire & Rescue, NSW Ambulance, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, and the Volunteer Rescue Association.
Youth charged after police pursuit
Later in the day (about 10.30pm), police chased a 14-year-old youth from Queensland after a Nissan van on the Pacific Highway at Woodburn was allegedly detected travelling at 100kph in a 50kph sign-posted zone.
Police allege he failed to stop and initiated a pursuit.
They continued to follow the vehicle for some time before deploying road spikes at Shark Creek. The driver continued travelling south on the highway through Tyndale, where he allegedly left the roadway, hit a fence and rolled the vehicle. The vehicle caught alight a short time later but the driver was arrested uninjured.
The youth was taken to Grafton Police Station where he was charged with police pursuit, dishonestly obtain property by deception, exceed speed by more than 45kph, never licensed person drive vehicle on road, drive in a manner dangerous and take and drive conveyance without consent of owner. He was granted conditional bail to appear before Children’s Court on Monday June 23 .