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MAN DIES IN CLARENCE VALLEY CRASH

Another fatal road accident on the north coast today, with a 75-year-old man dying in a single vehicle crash in the Clarence Valley. Emergency services were called to Clarence Way, about 34km northwest of Copmanhurst, about 9.15am following reports that a vehicle had flipped onto its roof. The male driver was located inside the vehicle. Police are investigating.

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ROADS MINSTER PROVIDES OPTIONS TO BEAT THE TRAFFIC

Motorists on the north coast are being encouraged to consider options other than the Pacific Highway to reach their destination. Roads Minister, Melinda Pavey, says there are ways around the bottlenecks of Woodburn and Ulmarra. “There is another option, the Summerland Way is a beautiful road takes you into magnificent Grafton, lots of great spots to have a look at there and you can take some pressure off the road through Ulmarra and Woodburn, that is I think a good idea.” The Minister reminding motorists that the Live Traffic website is a good way to check on traffic delays.

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HAIL STORM LASHES COFFS COAST

A brief, yet fierce hail storm has lashed parts of the mid north coast, including Coffs Harbour, where strong winds and hailstones sent people and motorists scurrying for cover. The storm, which unleashed just before 2.30, covered the ground with a blanket of ice. So far there have been no reports of serious damage.

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NEWPORT YACHT TAKES OUT OCEAN RACE AT COFFS

Newport based yacht Hussy has taken out this afternoon’s Newport to Coffs off-shore race, around Split Solitary Island at Coffs Harbour. Second across the line was Coffs Harbour’s Tiga. The social race follows the staging of the inaugural Newport to Coffs Harbour blue water event which finished in the harbour on Friday morning. Conditions today were light and sloppy, with a 10 knot southerly breeze pushing the boats around the course.

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