Palm Beach man survives horror smash on Pacific Motorway

A PALM Beach man is lucky to be alive after a truck collided with his stalled sedan on the Pacific Motorway yesterday, crushing it in half.

Around 3:15 pm on Tuesday, the 23-year-old man’s car broke down near the Laura St overbridge, Ballina.

The blue sedan was then hit by a truck at full speed from behind, shooting the car across multiple lanes of traffic and into the road barriers.


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Emergency services were forced to cut the man free from the sedan, which was completely destroyed in the horror crash.

He was transported to hospital with a suspected fractured collarbone.

Tweed police Inspector Greg Jag told the Ballina Shire Advocate investigations are ongoing.

“At this point investigations indicate the sedan had a mechanical failure,” he said.

“A number of other vehicles were able to avoid the broken down vehicle, but the heavy vehicle was unable to.”

A 25-year-old Ashmore man is believed to have been the driver of the truck. He was unharmed in the crash.

Following the incident, southbound traffic was banked up 5km.

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