Police are continuing to investigate a single vehicle crash at Wardell this morning which has resulted in the death of the driver.
Emergency services were called to Back Channel Road, Wardell, about 4am after a Holden Commodore sedan failed to negotiate a tight left-hand bend and left the roadway.
An examination of the scene this morning shows the car travelled through long grass and scrub before crashing into a tree, continuing a short distance and coming to rest against another tree.
The driver, believed to be a 27-year-old local man, sustained serious head injuries and died at the scene.
Two male passengers, aged 18 and 27, suffered only minor injuries and were able to free themselves, before contacting emergency services.
Officers from Richmond Local Area Command attended the scene, assisted by volunteers from the State Emergency Service (SES) and NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS).
An examination of the scene was conducted by officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit and the sedan seized for mechanical examination.
The body of the driver was taken to Lismore Base Hospital where a post-mortem is expected to be carried out in the coming days. The man is yet to be formally identified.
Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash are continuing, with information to be included in a report for the Coroner.