Tragedy: Man dies in five-car crash image

The death of a man in a 5-car collision on the Pacific Highway at Maclean has marked a tragic start to the school holidays.

Police say an 18-year-old man driving north in a Toyota Kluger appears to have crossed on to the incorrect side of the road and sideswiped a southbound Suzuki Swift, driven by a 52-year-old woman, about 9:55am yesterday (Saturday).

The Toyota then crashed into a 1928 Chevrolet hot rod being driven by a 48-year-old man, which was also travelling south and towing a trailer.

The accident, which occurred at 9:55am on Saturday, one kilometer south of the Harwood Bridge, closed the highway in both directions for five hours.

Shortly, the 48-year-old man was airlifted at the nearest hospital in Lismore, but died shortly afterwards from injuries sustained in the crash.

The other drivers were uninjured and subjected to mandatory blood and urine tests.

The 18-year-old driving the Kluger was taken to Maclean Police Station where he was spoken to and released pending further inquiries.