Cowper crash recalls horror of our highway
By TOBY WALKER
A NIGHTMARE run on the Pacific Highway continued yesterday morning when a truck smashed into a power pole and overturned at Cowper, almost demolishing a roadside home.
Cowper was the scene of a horrific bus crash in 1989 that sparked debate about the state of the Pacific Highway, during which governments promised a dual carriageway from Hexam to the border within 10 years.
The 23-year-old driver from Capalaba in Queensland was lucky to walk away from the wreckage with only minor injuries after his truck's front cab crumpled on impact.
It came within a few metres of the front door of a house before crashing into the power pole, scything it in two and sending each half flying into an adjoining horse paddock.
About 100 metres away from the crash scene, John Moran woke to the lights of emergency vehicles outside his home.
But with accidents all too common along Cowper's notoriously dangerous stretch of highway, the longtime resident admitted to sleeping through the commotion until he was woken by his wife.
Living on the roadside property his whole life has given Mr Moran quite a collection of stories.
"We're always at risk but we don't worry too much about it," he says.
But despite the constant risk posed by his home's proximity to the highway, Mr Moran had no confidence in Federal Government plans to build a dual carriageway between Sydney and Brisbane by 2012, the latest estimate to be put forward.
"They'll never build it, not in 10 years, not even in 25 years," he said.