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Update, Wednesday 7.30am: Two people remain in hospital in a critical condition following a four-vehicle crash near Pottsville yesterday.

About 12pm (Tuesday 27 January 2015), a 61-year-old man was driving a Holden Commodore sedan south along the Pacific Highway, Cudgera Creek – about 6km west of Pottsville.

A 78-year-old woman with an 84-year-old male passenger was also travelling south along the same road in a Toyota Corolla sedan, when the two vehicles collided.

The Toyota Corolla was seen to cross a median strip and enter the north bound lanes, before it collided with a Kia travelling north, driven by a 26-year-old woman and with a 31-year-old male passenger.

The Toyota collided with one more vehicle in the north bound lanes – driven by an 18-year-old woman and with a 22-year-old female passenger, before coming to a stop.

Emergency services were called and the occupants of the Toyota Corolla were airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital, where they remain in a critical condition.

The remaining drivers and passengers involved in the incident received minor injuries and were taken to Tweed Heads Hospital. A 61-year-old man remains in hospital for observation; however all other people have been released.

Officers attached to Tweed/Byron Local Area Command, Crash Investigation Unit, Traffic and Highway Patrol, Ambulance Paramedics and Rural Fire Service all attended the scene.

As investigations continue into the circumstances leading up to the incident, police are urging any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

Original report: All northbound lanes of the M1 Pacific Motorway were closed for much of Tuesday afternoon at Cudgera Creek, around 30 kilometres south of Tweed Heads, after a serious multi-vehicle accident.

The northbound lanes were closed at Cudgera Creek Road following the accident, which involved four cars including the one pictured. All were badly damaged.

Emergency services were called to the area around midday.

Several people were trapped in their cars and had to be cut from the wreckage, including a woman in her 70s who was found unconscious.

Another woman is believed to have sustained abdominal injuries and a further two minor injuries.

All have since been transported to hospital

The highway has now re-opened after a police investigation, and all diversions have been lifted.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.


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