A teenage boy died after a B-double truck ploughing into his bedroom while he was sleeping at his home in Urunga.
Police say the truck collided with a ute on a sweeping bend of the Pacific Highway at Urunga at about 5am before slamming into the house.
A man travelling in the ute also died at the scene.
Rescue workers freed a number of people who were trapped in the wreckage of the accident and paramedics took them to Coffs Harbour Hospital.
An ambulance officer says at least two of the people taken to hospital are in a critical condition.
An Ambulance spokesperson said a total of ten patients were assessed by paramedics.
“Seven patients needed treatment at the scene and were transported to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital. Two patients were deceased and one patient refused transport to hospital.”
“A 31-year-old male passenger in the truck sustained a head injury along with spinal and limb injuries. The 40-year-old male driver from the truck was treated for chest and limb injuries. They were both transported by paramedics to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital in a serious condition.
“A 14-year-old male patient who was in the house asleep at the time of the crash was treated by paramedics for minor lower leg lacerations and a painful wrist. He is in a stable condition.
“There were four other patients from the second house all treated at the scene then taken to Coffs Harbour Base in a stable condition. These patients from the second house sustained minor limb injuries.
“Unfortunately there were two people deceased at the scene. The male driver in his 20s from the ute involved in the crash and a young boy who was asleep in the house at the time of the collision,” the spokesperson said.
The Pacific Highway has been closed in both directions and is expected to stay shut for several hours.Drivers are being warned to use diversions and expect lengthy delays.
The Transport Management Centre says light traffic is being diverted via Hungry Head.
Trucks are being asked to use the Oxley, New England and Gwydir highways before rejoining the Pacific Highway.
Mayor Mark Troy said: "This is the accident many feared but never wanted to witness, our first thoughts and hopes are with the bereaved and injured”.
“Again emergency service workers, many who are volunteers, have been called to attend a horrific scene,” Mayor Troy said.
“At present I know it will be of little comfort but as recently as December Council appealed to the State and Federal Governments to allocate funding for the Raleigh to Nambucca Heads Pacific Highway upgrade,” he said.
“Council has also lobbied the State Roads Minister for the reinstatment of the speed camera near the site of this appalling tragedy. A fully laden B-Double is not easily brought under control when involved in a collision, even if the vehicle is not exceeding the speed limit, for every KPH over the limit the task becomes much more difficult."
- The Bellingin Shire Courier-Sun