Three people have died and two are in a critical condition following a fiery crash on the Princes Highway, south of Sussex Inlet, earlier today.
Emergency services attended the crash site on the Princes Highway at Mondayong, about 400 metres north of the Bendalong turnoff, at 10:45am, where three people from two separate cars died.
Two women were airlifted and remained in a critical condition.
The Princes Highway remains blocked in both directions, however police said one lane will be opened shortly to assist with traffic flow.
Officers from the NSW Police Crash Investigation Unit were at the scene.
NSW Police urged motorists to use alternate routes or delay their travels to avoid the area.
They also asked motorists to allow for the safe passage of emergency services vehicles attempting to make their way to and from the scene.
Road toll rises in 2017
The fatal crash came soon after police urged motorists to drive safely, with nearly twice the number of people being killed on the state’s roads compared to the same time last year.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said this year’s holiday road safety campaign, Operation Safe Arrival, had seen 14 people killed in the past 11 days.
He said police were targeting drivers for dangerous behaviour such as speeding and using mobile phones while driving.