An intense accident claims young lives

Two people have died and a third is fighting for his life after a fire crash on the north coast of New South Wales.
Emergency services rushed to the Pacific Highway, about 25 kilometers south of Coffs Harborwhen reports of the accident came in around 12:40 a.m. today.

Witnesses said the car hit a tree and caught fire in Bonville, where the main road remained closed until morning.

Two people died in a crash near Coffs Harbor in New South Wales. (9News)

Police said the driver and a passenger, believed to be aged 20 and 21, died before paramedics could arrive, but a second man was able to get out of the vehicle.

The 20-year-old survivor was rushed to Coffs Harbor Health Campus in critical condition and firefighters extinguished the fire.

Police said the two people who died have not yet been formally identified.

They put northbound traffic diversions in place extending from Mailmans Track Road to Archiville Station Road and urged motorists to avoid the area.

Anyone with information or images of the incident is asked to call Coffs Harbor Police or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.