Three die in two crashes

IN A tragic weekend on Northern Rivers roads three men have lost their lives in two separate car crashes.

A Casino man was killed on his 27th birthday yesterday on Coraki Road, Greenridge, when his red hatchback left the road and collided with a concrete drain.

The man's dog also died in the crash.

The exact time of the crash is not known.

Two passing cars came upon the scene at about 4.30am and called emergency services.

Paramedics said the man died instantly from his injuries.

"This is a tragic circumstance for the family of this young man who, today, should have been celebrating his birthday," Inspector Bill McKenna of Richmond Area Local Command said yesterday.

Two men were killed and man and a four-year-old injured after the driver of a car lost control and collided with another vehicle in wet weather near Mooball on Saturday.

The two men were travelling in a maroon-coloured Ford Falcon ute from Mooball on the Pottsville Rd when the crash occurred.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Greg Carey said it appeared the driver of the Falcon lost control in wet weather and crossed onto the wrong side of the road. It veered sideways and struck a west-bound Holden Commodore station wagon being driven by a 42-year-old man with his young son as a passenger.

The driver experienced chest and neck pain while his son suffered a shoulder injury.

An investigation is being conducted by the Kingscliff police, Tweed-Byron command detectives and the forensic services group from Lismore.

Police are appealing to the public for information that may assist with their investigation from anyone who may have seen the accident - ring Crime Stoppers on 1800333000

The road was closed for three hours.