Fatal Brandy Hill Easter crashA MAN is in a serious but stable condition after an early morning crash that shut the Pacific Highway at Jewells.
Paramedics were called about 6.30am after a vehicle clipped a rock wall and skidded into a ditch near Ntaba Road.
An Ambulance NSW spokeswoman said a 20-year-old man freed himself from the wreckage before receiving treatment for rib and back injuries as well as cuts to the head.
He was taken to the John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The highway wasshut southbound for roughly two hours but re-opened shortly after 8.30am.
Traffic had beendiverted through Ntaba Road and Dalrymple Street to rejoin the highway.
The crashcomes as extra highway patrol police beginwatching Hunter roads during the double-demerits period this weekend.
Double demerits will be in force for speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use, and not wearing seatbelts from 12.01am Thursdaythrough to11.59pm on Monday.
Hunter HighwayPatrol cluster supervisor Senior SergeantTony Grace said cars from Sydney Metropolitan command will be deployed to the region to target these offences.
He said high visibility police will patrol major Hunter highways, but also the regularly-used back roads to Cessnock and Kurri Kurri.
Sergeant Grace said Putty Road will also be monitored due to its established crash history.
Being the middle of the school holidays,Sergeant Grace said he expected major traffic congestion in some areas especially Hexham.
Ultimately the message is for people to slow down Sergeant Grace said, which has been highlighted by the name of the double-demerits blitz –Operation Tortoise.
Sergeant Grace said slowing down can reduce the severity of incidents and potentially avoid a crash being fatal.
He also urged drivers to concentrate on driving and not get distracted.
Sergeant Grace said many of the fatal accidents in the Hunter this year were the result of small mistakes.
“It’s not people doing outrageous things,” he said.
The NSW government hasannounced that in addition to targeted police enforcement, people can expect to see more education and awareness campaigns in high-risk locations over the Easter break.
People planning to travel long distances or to an unfamiliar location are encouraged to download the free Emergency+ App.
The appdisplays the GPS coordinates of the phone’s location for the caller to relay to a Triple Zero (000) call taker.