ROUNDABOUT MISHAP: The monument that stood in the centre of the roundabout on the way into Evans Head was destroyed by a wayward vehicle. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times
ROUNDABOUT MISHAP: The monument that stood in the centre of the roundabout on the way into Evans Head was destroyed by a wayward vehicle. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

Monumental traffic crash

THREE weeks ago on Sunday night Nicole Metcalfe, of Evans Head, was unpacking groceries in her kitchen when she heard four big bangs outside.

Living in the nearest house to the roundabout at the entrance to Evans Head, it was not an unfamiliar sound for the Metcalfe family.

"We all ran straight outside to see what had happened," Ms Metcalfe said. "The car had run straight into the roundabout and sent (the concrete monument) flying about 10 metres up the road towards town."

Police confirmed that a 71-year-old man and his 12-year-old female passenger sustained minor, non-life threatening injuries from the crash and were taken to Lismore hospital.

"The man said he momentarily lost sight of the road due to another car's headlights," Sergeant Dean Childs said. "Speeding was not a factor."

Both Evans Head Fire Brigade and the local SES were called to the scene and went about the task of cleaning up the remains of the monument which were strewn across the road.



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