Police remain at the scene of a double fatal crash in Tea Gardens this afternoon.
Just before 1.40pm (Thursday 24 March), emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway at Tea Gardens, near Viney Creek Road West, after reports of a crash involving two cars and a motorcycle.
Police have been told an Isuzu D-Max utility travelling southbound collided with a motorcycle and a Toyota station wagon, both travelling northbound.
The male motorcyclist died at the scene.
The female driver of the Toyota was trapped by confinement; however, she died at the scene a short time later.
The man and the woman have not yet been formally identified.
A female passenger of the Toyota was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to John Hunter Hospital.
The male driver of the Isuzu suffered minor injuries and has been taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory testing.
Five paramedics crews with a specialist medical team were among the services at the site.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Skye Gordon said it was a confronting incident.
“This was an horrific scene for all involved with a number of people injured, unfortunately there was nothing we could do for two of the patients,” Inspector Gordon said.
“Thank you to the off duty paramedic who witnessed this shocking accident and didn’t hesitate to rush and treat the patients before we arrived on scene.
“This is a reminder to the public about how dangerous the roads can be, especially when traveling in these wet weather conditions.”
Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District have established a crime scene, which will be examined by specialist officers from the Crash Investigation Unit.
Northbound lanes of the Pacific Highway are closed, with a contraflow in place in one of the two southbound lanes. The northbound lanes are expected to be closed for a significant period of time.
Drivers are urged to expect delays and to drive to the conditions, with a large amount of water across the roads from wet weather today.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash is underway.
Newcastle Weekly would love to hear from you about a story idea you have in the Hunter region. Click here to submit a news tip.