A report will be prepared for the Coroner after two people died in a head-on collision on the Pacific Highway near Ballina on Saturday (July 5).
The two vehicles collided at around 6.20am about 5km south of Ballina.
Emergency services were called to the scene and found a 33-year-old man, who had been thrown from his vehicle, lying on the road suffering from serious head, leg and chest injuries.
He was treated at the scene and later airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital in a serious condition.
The other vehicle was still engulfed in flames when emergency services arrived, and once the fire was extinguished, police discovered the bodies of two people who had been incinerated in their car.
Police told a media conference they believed the pair to be a local couple aged in their 50s.
They added that speed was likely a factor in the accident.
The Pacific Highway was closed in both directions for several hours following the crash.
Investigations continue and anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.