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The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter at the scene of a head-on collision on the Pacific Highway at Maclean on Monday (December 11, 2017). A woman was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.
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The Pacific Highway has reopened after a horror crash in which two people have died and another three people were injured – one critically – yesterday afternoon (Monday December 11).

Just after 4.15pm, emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway just south of Maclean after reports of a head-on collision between two cars.

A 78-year-old man and his 72-year-old female passenger in a northbound hatchback died at the scene.

The 56-year-old female driver of a southbound station wagon was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

The passengers, a 40-year-old woman and two men, suffered serious injuries and were taken by NSW Ambulance paramedics to Lismore Base Hospital.

The highway was closed for some hours while police examine the scene, but has since reopened.

For the latest traffic information, visit the Live Traffic website.

Investigations into the circumstances of the crash are continuing and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Anyone with information about the crash is urged to 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.


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