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January 24, 2022

Pacific Highway closed north of McLean

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The Pacific Highway is closed in both directions north of McLean between Chatsworth and Harwood due to a serious two-car crash near Chatsworth Road.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was been tasked on a primary mission at about 9am today to a MVA involving multiple vehicles.

Two males were trapped in the vehicles involved.

The Westpac Helicopter will shortly be transporting a 67-year-old male from the scene on the Pacific Highway to the Gold Coast University Hospital. The male patient being flown to the Gold Coast is in a serious condition suffering head and neck injuries.

The man was trapped for sometime before being released by emergency services. The patient was treated on scene by ASNSW paramedics and the Helicopter Critical Care Medical Team.

Two other patients including a second male who was trapped suffering leg injuries will be transported by road ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital.

Motorists are advised to delay their trip until the highway reopens.

Traffic can divert via the Bruxner Highway and Summerland Way between Ballina, Casino and Grafton in both directions.

The diversion will add around an extra 30 to 45 minutes travel time.

Emergency services and traffic crews are at the scene of the crash.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download the Live Traffic NSW app or call 132 701.


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