Local critical ofBroadwater corner
By DAWN COHEN
DEBBIE and David Webster knew it was not an earthquake when their whole house shook on Thursday night.
"We just looked at each other, thinking 'oh no, not another one'," David said.
The Broadwater couple's home at 230 Pacific Highway is on such a dangerous corner the house across the road has been empty for eight years.
This time, a B-double truck travelling south with a load of bananas swerved to avoid an oncoming car, flattening 40 metres of the Broadwater Public School fence.
David, just out of the shower, pulled on some clothes, grabbed a torch and headed out to stop the oncoming traffic.
"I have seen pile-ups after an accident," said the 35-year old.
"There used to be an acci- dent every time it rained," Debbie said.
"The empty house across the road has been bashed into so many times, no-one could live there.
"Things improved since they resurfaced the road about two years ago.
"But there have still been about 12 accidents since then."
Fortunately the couple's home is set back from the road, but the repeated trauma of witnessing crashes is an ongoing stress.
"I dread the sound of it," said Debbie, who is 10 weeks pregnant.
"If David is not here, I have to go and help.
"You never know what you are going to see."
Braodwater Public School P&C member Linda Morgan, who has three children at the Broadwater Public School, said their organisation had been pushing for a 40km/h speed limit on the notorious stretch for years.
"We keep the kids away from the fence because of the risk," she said. "They should slow the traffic down."
Kerry Preston, a trainee at BP Broadwater, was not surprised by the accident.
"You begin to expect it," she said.
"Business was very quiet on Friday because the road was closed so long.
"Those trucks should slow down.
"The drivers go so fast."
Tracy Knox, owner of Broadwater Sunrise Caravan Park, blamed the increase in truck numbers.
David Webster said representatives of the town wanted speed cameras at the spot.
"The bypass is the only long-term solution," the father of two said.