Yamba woman, 70, critical after Pacific Hwy head-on

A YAMBA woman in her 70s is in a critical condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital following a head-on collision on the Pacific Highway at Knockrow.

Paramedics transported the woman to the Gold Coast shortly after the crash at about 9.20am yesterday.

The woman was driving southbound back to her home in Yamba when she collided with a northbound vehicle, according to Richmond Local Area command Inspector Doug Conners.

She sustained serious multiple lower body fractures and remains in a life-threatening condition, Inspector Conners said.

Two other passengers in her vehicle were also taken to the Gold Coast with minor injuries.

The male driver of the northbound vehicle, aged in his 50s, sustained minor injuries.

It's not understood at this stage what caused the accident, however Ballina police and the crash investigation unit had commenced an investigation to determine the cause.

The highway was closed in both directions for about 90 minutes while police and emergency services cleared the crash site.

 It came shortly after emergency crews attended another crash site on Lawrence Road where a car went into a tree.

Police said the single vehicle accident happened some time before 8.30am.

It is believed the driver, a man, lost control of the silver Holden Commodore travelling on Lawrence Rd and hit a tree before coming to a stop in a paddock.

He was airlifted to hospital.

The extent of his injuries is unknown at this stage.

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