A MAN is fighting to stay alive in hospital following a horror crash in the NSW Hunter Region this morning.
The crash occurred on the Pacific Highway north of Old Punt Road in the Port Stephens suburb of Tomago around 11am.
Police said the man aged in his 50s was standing in a boat which was fixed to a trailer parked on the side the road when it was hit by a passing vehicle.
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The man was ejected from the boat and suffered horrific injuries to his head, torso and limbs.
He was rushed by ambulance to the John Hunter Hospital where he remains this afternoon in critical condition.
The 18-year-old male driver was taken to the same hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing. He escaped the crash uninjured.
Heavy delays are being experienced for traffic heading south along the highway between Tomago and Old Punt roads while the Crash Investigation Unit examines the scene.