Drivers lucky to be alive after police chase ends in fireball on NSW highway

TWO men are lucky to be alive after a police chase ended in an almighty fireball on the Pacific Highway in NSW.

The dramatic scenes unfolded on the Pacific Highway at Ulmarra, just outside of Grafton on Sunday morning.

It’s understood police had been pursuing a Nissan X-Trail when, around 10am, it crossed onto the wrong side of the road and smashed head-on into a four-wheel-drive coming around a bend.


A series of incredible photographs taken by Carol Skinner and obtained by 9NEWS shows the moment both vehicles were consumed by fire. See them here.

Miraculously, both drivers managed to escape the wreck before their vehicles were fully engulfed.

They were assessed by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Coffs Harbor Hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

The highway was closed following the crash while the scene was examined and the burnt wrecks were cleared.

It’s understood the driver of the X-trail failed to stop for officers when they tried intercepting the vehicle a short time before the collision.

The driver is under police guard and is expected to be charged once he is released.

Police are yet to release a statement, outlining the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.

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