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Driver in hospital following collision

Emma Pritchard|

 A 56-year-old Coffs Harbour man is recovering in hospital following a two-vehicle collision on the Pacific Highway.
The incident occurred around 5:30am on February 7, 1km south of the Yamba off ramp near the Harwood Bridge.
Coffs/Clarence Police District Chief Inspector Joanne Reid said the man was driving a white Mitsubishi iLoad and travelling north in the south bound lanes of the M1.
“At the same time, a black Toyota Hilux was travelling south towing a caravan at an estimated speed of 95-100 km/h,” she said.
“The driver of the Hilux saw headlights a short distance away in oncoming traffic and attempted to take evasive action, but was unable to avoid a collision.
“The driver’s side of the iLoad impacted heavily with the driver’s side of the Hilux and caravan and the caravan was extensively damaged as a result.” 
The driver of the Mitsubishi iLoad was trapped in the vehicle for a short amount of time following the collision before he was released by emergency services including SES and NSW RFS units who attended the scene.
Paramedics treated the driver at the scene before he was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
A section of the highway was blocked for over an hour before being reopened at 7am.
The extent of the 56-year-olds injuries are currently unknown, but they are alleged to be not life threatening.
Investigations into the collision are continuing.