A single-vehicle crash at Maclean left hundreds of residents without power overnight.
A man driving a station wagon was travelling west along River Street about 6.30pm on Sunday, when it left the road, hit a parked truck, then continued a further 35m and hit a power pole, snapping it in two.
Electricity to the area was immediately cut.
The driver suffered critical head injuries and died at the scene. He was alone in the vehicle.
It was a further six hours before officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District opened the area to energy providers who worked to replace the pole and power lines.
At this time the driver has not been formally identified; however, it is believed he is a 47-year-old man from the Northern Rivers area.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
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