UPDATE: Police investigate possibility of mechanical fault

TUESDAY 1PM: Police are investigating the possibility a mechanical fault may have caused a southbound Holden utility to crash into the Coldstream Bridge near Tyndale on Monday afternoon.

Sergeant Dallas Leven said a Yamba man aged 70 and a woman aged 62 were injured in the crash and taken by road ambulance to Coffs Harbour Hospital.

Sgt Leven said police contacted the hospital at 6.20pm yesterday and their injuries were described as non-life threatening.

He said a second car travelling behind the ute tried to avoid the crash, but crashed into the ute, injuring the sole occupant.

Sgt Leven said the man, from the Central Coast, received non-life threatening injuries.

He said the accident occurred around 2.30pm when the utility lost control as it crossed the bridge, crashing heavily into the side panels of the bridge.

"We're looking at some sort of mechanical fault being responsible," he said.

TUESDAY, 6AM: Two people have been taken to hospital following a single vehicle crash on the Pacific Highway.

A Holden Commodore ute crashed into the Coldstream Bridge south of Tyndale, near the average speed cameras, at about 2.30pm on Monday.

Clarence Valley Ambulance duty manager Scott Acton said the two people in the ute were trapped for a short time, but were freed with the combined efforts of emergency services personnel.

The ute was extensively damaged in the crash and tow-truck driver Peter Love said the bridge was also extensively damaged.

"If it had been a bigger vehicle I don't think the bridge would have held it," Mr Love said.

"There were bits of car scattered all over the road and under the bridge."

He said he saw a woman he thought was the a member of the family of the people trapped in the car at the scene of the accident.

Traffic was banked up the highway in both directions for almost two hours.  

Traffic is banked up on the Pacific Hwy after an earlier crash
Traffic is banked up on the Pacific Hwy after an earlier crash


UPDATE, 4PM: Traffic is banked up on the Pacific Hwy south of Tyndale where a single vehicle car crash has occurred.

It is believed two occupants of a car were injured when it crashed into a bridge at Tyndale.

The occupants of the car were trapped for a short time before they were freed and taken to hospital.

Southbound traffic is beginning to flow but the lane heading north has virtually stopped.
 

MONDAY, 2.45PM: Emergency services including ambulance and SES are responding to a crash on the Pacific Highway at Cowper between Grafton and Maclean.

The Pacific Highway is now closed in both directions. A diversion is currently in place via the Summerland Way.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution.

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

More to come. Stay tuned to this story for further details.


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