Chaos as family in truck crashes into wreckage, injuring woman on Pacific Hwy near Taree

A woman was seriously injured Thursday evening when a truck crashed into the SUV she was sitting in on the side of Pacific Hwy, after that vehicle itself crashed.

The horrific scene unfolded on the Pacific Hwy at Coopernook, north of Taree, on NSW’s Mid North Coast at around 8.20pm.

The woman had remained in the back of the SUV that crashed on the highway as the driver and front passenger exited the vehicle, when a truck then allegedly crashed into the wreckage.

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The SUV was traveling south with a car on a trailer when it struck a guardrail, spun around and came to a stop heading north.

The driver and front-seat passenger emerged from the wreck, but the back-seat passenger was still in the SUV when a young family traveling south in a truck on the highway allegedly crashed head-on into the SUV.

The woman in the back seat of the SUV was seriously injured and taken to Taree Base Hospital, where she was then flown to another unidentified hospital, NSW Police said.

The woman’s condition is unclear and has contacted the hospital for updates.

The truck, driven by a Granville man whose young family was in the car, went down an embankment after reportedly crashing into the SUV.

The truck driver, his female partner and their child were all taken to Port Macquarie Hospital as a precaution to be monitored so the driver could undergo mandatory testing.

The driver of the SUV and his front seat passenger escaped injury in both crashes, and the driver was also taken to Taree Base Hospital for mandatory tests.

The southbound lanes of Pacific Hwy were closed for more than two hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage was removed, but have since reopened.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with relevant information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.