Woman killed in hwy crash with an oil tanker at Nambucca


THERE is deep concern the latest Pacific Highway fatality won't be the last near Nambucca Heads before the Warrell Creek to Urunga upgrade starts later this year.

The community is in mourning following the death of a 28-year-old woman after her car crashed into an oil tanker on Thursday night.


The driver of the semi-trailer, aged in his 50s, was uninjured while a dog travelling inside the woman's Holden Commodore sedan was also killed.


The crash happened 3km north of Riverside Dr at 8.20pm.


"It would appear the sedan, travelling north, has crossed double unbroken lines into the path of the southbound semi-trailer tanker," Mid North Coast Police Inspector Paul Fuller said.


The tanker, carrying 50,000 litres of non-flammable cooking oil, came to rest diagonally across the highway and led to lengthy delays for B-doubles, as light traffic and trucks were diverted through Nambucca Heads.


Fire and Rescue Inspector Tony Lenthall said firefighters decanted 500 litres of fuel from one of the truck's tanks  and cleared a large fuel spill from the roadway.


The highway between Riverside Dr and Link Rd, west of Nambucca Heads, has been the scene of numerous fatal accidents.


"This is the third or fourth accident on this stretch in nine or 10 months ... where a crash involving a smaller vehicle and a large vehicle has resulted in a fatality," the VRA's Christopher Pearson said.

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said the tragedy was another grim reminder of the state's deadliest section of road.


"The funding has been allocated for work to start on the upgrade this year but Unfortunately, I don't think this fatality will be the last on that stretch before the upgrade starts," he said. 


A woman was killed after her car crossed into the path of an oil tanker at Nambucca Heads.
A woman was killed after her car crossed into the path of an oil tanker at Nambucca Heads. FRANK REDWARD




ALL lanes of the Pacific Highway reopened earlier this morning following a full closure at Nambucca Heads last night due to a fatal accident.


A  woman was killed after her car became involved in a crash with an oil tanker.


There are now no delays for motorists in the area.


Traffic was diverted via the township of Nambucca Heads however this diversion has been lifted.


For the latest traffic information visit or call 132 701.


07/02/13: 9PM


A WOMAN was killed after her car became involved in a crash with an oil tanker on the Pacific Highway at Nambucca Heads on Thursday night.

Police said the northbound car crashed into the southbound tanker, carrying non-flammable oil, halfway between Link Rd and Riverside Dr about 8.20pm.

The truck driver aged in his 50s was uninjured.

The crash blocked both lanes of the highway and caused lengthy delays for b-doubles, which were unable to take a light vehicle diversion through Nambucca Heads.

Police said the truck driver was taken to Macksville Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests. 

Specialist officers have examined the scene. 


Anyone with information about this fatal accident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:



Topics:  fatal crash pacific highway

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Gallery hums with two new exhibitions

SHOW STOPPER: Hobie Porter at the opening of Unnatural History: The Tower Hill Project at The Lismore Regional Gallery.

Regional Gallery hums with two new exhibitions

Chicks With Attitude - the true meaning behind the CWA

BAKE READY: Alison (centre) on the new branch of Lismore's CWA outside the tea rooms at Spinks Park.

Meet the CWA chicks who serve crackerjack scones

Um... can you just not?

CANDID: Barnaby Joyce caught eyeing off former staffer and current partner Vikki Campion back at a summit in 2016.

When you doing something you think you shouldn't, can you just not?

Local Partners