Seven vehicle crash causes highway chaos at Ulmarra
UPDATE, 1PM: The site of a dramatic crash involving seven cars at Ulmarra this morning has finally been cleared and the Pacific Highway reopened.
The Daily Examiner can confirm two people were injured in the crash and have been transported by ambulance to Grafton Base Hospital.
Three vehicles involved in the crash were waiting in a queue of southbound traffic caused by roadworks in the village, when a black transporter van hit the back of the rear vehicle in the queue. It is understood a B-double and a 4WD towing a caravan were the front two vehicles in the queue of traffic affected.
The impact created a chain of events, including three vehicles travelling in the opposite direction becoming involved as they attempted to swerve and avoid the crash, one of which sustained a broken rear axle.
An elderly man, who was driving the car first hit, and female passenger were both transported to hospital.
More details on the crash will be revealed shortly.
ULMARRA: Pacific Hwy now open in both directions after a multi vehicle accident. Heavy traffic will take time to ease.— Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) December 15, 2016
UPDATE, 12.15PM: The Pacific Highway has reopened but remains affected in both directions following a seven-vehicle accident at Ulmarra this morning.
Emergency services including the NSW SES attended the scene.
Alternating traffic is currently in place and it is expected the highway will fully reopen shortly.
UPDATE, 12PM: The Pacific Highway is closed in both directions, causing heavy traffic congestion at Ulmarra.
Light vehicles are being diverted southbound via Old Post Office Lane. Heavy vehicles are being parked.
The Daily Examiner is at the scene and is urging motorists to consider avoiding the area if possible. The heavy traffic extends to single lane dirt roads in and around the village as motorists attempt to continue their journey.
It is understood the crash occurred in close proximity to the Ulmarra Ferry at the northern outskirts of the village.
Two ambulance vehicles with sirens off and lights on have been observed travelling south in the direction of Grafton.
ULMARRA: A multi vehicle accident on the Pacific Hwy is affecting traffic both ways, exercise caution and allow extra time.— Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) December 15, 2016
11.17AM: Emergency services are attending the scene of a multiple vehicle crash at Ulmarra.
LiveTraffic.com reported the incident at 11.07am today, advising motorists to exercise caution in the area.
Traffic on the Pacific Highway is affected in both directions. Motorists are advised to exercise caution and expect delays.
Police and State Emergency Service vehicles from Grafton are heading in the direction of the crash.
More to come.