Tragedy strikes at roadworks site
THE driver of a tip truck involved in yesterday's fatal head-on that claimed the life of an Emerald Beach man, tried to avoid the oncoming car, police were told.
Investigations are continuing to determine what caused the 42-year-old deceased male driver of a Subaru Forester to veer onto the incorrect side into the path of the truck.
The man the sole occupant of the vehicle was headed south on the Pacific Hway towards Moonee Beach when the crash happened around 8am.
The peak-hour tragedy left the truck driver, a man aged in his 40s, hospitalised with shock.
At the time of the crash the man, an employee of the Leightons Fulton Hogan consortium, was working on the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade.
Police said the crash happened near the old Hoys Rd intersection north of Cunningham's Creek just past the Moonee Beach turn-off.
It happened on an 80km/h single-lane section of under-construction roadway on a slight bend.
Coffs Clarence Duty Officer Inspector Bob Hanzic said investigations are continuing.
"You wouldn't expect an accident to happen on that section of road, unless there was an underlying factor that contributed to the crash and that's what we are investigating," Inspt. Hanzic said.
Investigators have called for motorists who witnessed the crash or the events leading up to the impact to come forward with information.
The crash caused lengthy delays for motorists during the morning rush on the Northern Beaches.
The highway was reopened just after 11am.