Businessman calls for slower limit on fatal stretch of road
By MARY MANN firstname.lastname@example.org YET another fatal crash on the Pacific Highway has prompted a local businessman to call for speed limit reductions on the notorious stretch of road.
This time a 40-year-old Queensland man died when his Holden utility collided with an Australia Post B-Double truck, about 6.45am yesterday.
The accident happened near Knockrow, 1.5km north of Ross Lane, and closed the highway for three-and-a-half hours.
Police said the truck driver was not injured but was taken to hospital for routine blood and urine samples.
Crime prevention officer Senior Constable Michael Hogan said the north-bound ute had crossed to the wrong side of the road.
"On impact, the car appears to have spun around and stopped in the north-bound lane," he said.
Snr Const Hogan said it had been raining at the time of the accident and the road was wet, but that police were unable to say at this stage what had caused the crash.
The accident happened on a single-lane section of the highway in an 80km/h zone.
Tony Gilding, owner of the Macadamia Castle at Knockrow, said speed limits on the highway should be reduced to help stop further accidents.
He has written to the RTA in a bid to get all of the single-lane sections of the highway reduced to 80km/h.
"There are so many different speeds on the highway from Ballina to Byron, it's confusing for drivers," Mr Gilding said.
"This tragic crash has no doubt caused severe loss and trauma to those people involved, and it has totally stopped any traffic reaching many local businesses on one of the busiest days of the year, causing us economic loss.
"A significant amount of these occurrences can be%reduced by appropriate speed limits."
An RTA spokesperson said it reviewed speed limits across the State on an on-%going basis, and that it would review the section of highway between Ballina and Byron Bay, however, it did not say when.