Highways latest victim
NSW Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell did not have to look hard yesterday for an example of why an upgrade to our horror section of the Pacific Highway needs to be made a priority.
The unfortunate, yet timely, reminder came about 5.25am yesterday, 2km north of the Iluka turn-off at Mororo, when a Ford stationwagon collided with a semi-trailer.
The driver of the Ford, a 69-year-old man believed to be from the NSW Central Coast, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Lismore Base Hospital.
Police said the man was travelling south when his car crossed to the wrong side of the highway, colliding with the semi-trailer.
The crash happened on a straight section of the highway in an overtaking lane.
The impact ruptured the truck’s fuel tank and forced it to lose a wheel. The truck veered into a truck stop and hit a parked prime mover.
The 63-year-old Tamworth man behind the wheel of the semi-trailer and the man sleeping in the parked prime mover were not injured in the accident.
The driver of the Ford was cut from the vehicle by emergency services and airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital, but could not berevived.
Mr O’Farrell was in theregion yesterday to tour the deadly section of highway between Ballina and Coffs Harbour.
“The timing of this accident is appalling, but a rem-inder that the complacency, the failure to deliver on promises, isn’t just a political debating point,” he said.
“It is actually a matter of life and death for the people who use this road.”
State MP for Clarence Steve Cansdell said the tragic accident reinforced the need for a highway upgrade.