CHAOTIC SCENE: Emergency workers treat one of the injured people involved ina head-on collision.
CHAOTIC SCENE: Emergency workers treat one of the injured people involved ina head-on collision. David Nielsen

Five injured in black spot head-on

A PREGNANT woman and her toddler were taken to Lismore Base Hospital after their car was involved in an accident on Bangalow Road, north of Bexhill yesterday.

Five people were injured when a Ford Falcon sedan crossed on to the wrong side of the road about 4pm and struck a light truck.

The driver of the sedan was apparently blinded by sunlight as he came around a corner and clipped a Subaru sedan before crashing head-on into the truck. The driver of the Falcon was unhurt, but the rest of his family, including his wife, his son, his daughter and his granddaughter were all injured.

The driver of the truck was trapped in his vehicle for some time.

Ambulance officers had to stretcher the driver's son from the scene and assisted his wife from the car in a neck brace. The driver of the truck was also carried from the scene on a stretcher in a neck brace.

The exact nature of their injuries was not known last night, but police feared the pregnant woman had head and chest injuries.

For Bexhill resident Margaret Smith, the crash is the latest in a long line of tragic accidents to happen along Bangalow Road at Bexhill. Her own parents were killed on another stretch of the road at Bexhill in 1999.

"The same thing happened then. A car crossed over the double white lines," Mrs Smith said.

In the 23 years she has been living at Bexhill she has seen 'too many' accidents and has been campaigning to have the speed limit at the crash site reduced from 80 km/h to 60km/h.

"We got it reduced to 80 from 100, but that was back in the late 1980s," she said.

Mrs Smith described several accidents in recent years that she had seen, including two that had come into her yard. She has also seen a VW Beetle flipped on its roof and a car that went side-on into a power pole.

"My neighbour nearly got cleaned up coming out of her driveway the other day too," she said.

Another resident, 16-year-old Jess Casey, waits for the school bus only metres from where the accident occurred.

She said cars regularly speed along the road and described it as 'an accident waiting to happen'.

"There's not too many that go 80," she said.

Angela Stone, who was driving the Subaru that was initially clipped by the Falcon, regularly visits a friend in Bexhill. She was uninjured, but agrees it is a dangerous stretch of road and the speed limit should be reduced to 60km/h.

Ms Stone said she helped get the toddler out of the car and tried calling an ambulance, but there was no reception on her mobile phone.

She said it took up to half an hour for an ambulance to arrive.

The road was closed to traffic for several hours and was reopened at 6.27pm. Police from the Ballina Crash Investigation team are investigating the cause of the accident.


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