Police are investigating a fatal car crash near Bangalow last night.

About 11.45pm, a 40-year-old man was driving his Mitsubishi ute south along the Pacific Highway approximately six kilometres south of Bangalow, when it left the roadway, hit an embankment and flipped onto its roof

A sedan being driven by a 24-year-old man in the same direction was involved in a minor collision after being unable to avoid the wrecked ute.

The ute driver from Ballina died at the scene.

The other driver was not injured.

Police from Byron Bay examined the scene overnight and will include all their findings in a report for the Coroner.

“While this death will not be included as a long weekend fatality, it serves as a timely reminder for all motorists to slow down and drive safely,” police said.

Double demerit points will be in force for all speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences until 23:59 on Monday 9 June.