A police chaplain surveys the scene of the crash on the Bruxner Hwy, Wollongbar.
A police chaplain surveys the scene of the crash on the Bruxner Hwy, Wollongbar. Patrick Gorbunovs

Prayers for mum and daughter killed in bypass crash

PEOPLE across the Northern Rivers are in mourning after a woman and her daughter were killed in a three-car crash at Wollongbar on Friday.

Debris scattered across the Alstonville bypass section of the Bruxner Highway and wheels that were ripped from a boat trailer told the story of the tragic incident.

The 26-year-old local woman and her six-year-old daughter were travelling east in their Nissan Micra when the small hatchback collided with two four-wheel- drives headed west.

At the scene Inspector Matt Kehoe said early indications were the pink- coloured Nissan crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with a boat trailer being towed by a white Nissan Pathfinder.

Insp Kehoe said it appeared the Micra continued travelling on the wrong side of the road before it collided with a white Landcruiser.

At the time of the crash Lismore Base Hospital was reportedly in "bed block", with up to seven ambulances queued outside the emergency department.

The Bruxner Highway was closed until 7.30pm as crash investigation officers exam- ined the wreckage.

More than 20 people, including family of some people involved, took to the Richmond LAC Facebook page to express their condolences.

"Prayers for the families of all involved ... also with the emergency crew," Brooke Cotton posted.

"So very sad ... A young mum n child.... My condolences to all family members and also to all services who attended," posted Mel Connell.

Since Monday 12 people had been killed on NSW roads, bringing the state's road toll to 225 this year.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Superintendent Stuart Smith said those statistics served as a sad and timely reminder for drivers to take the utmost of care on our roads.

"We urge all drivers, if you intend getting behind the wheel you should also intend following the rules of the road: don't speed, don't drink, don't touch your mobile phone," he said.


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