Accident on notorious hwy stretch
A WOMAN suffered minor injuries when the truck she was driving overturned on the Pacific Highway at Tabbimoble yesterday morning.
The B-double truck carrying general freight was heading north on the Pacific Highway and was about 2km south of the New Italy complex and 25km north of Maclean when it rolled shortly before 5am.
The 46-year-old woman, who was at the wheel of the Volvo B-double, complained of back pains and was taken by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital.
The highway was blocked for several hours before one lane was reopened in the late afternoon while RTA crews worked on the vehicle’s recovery.
The accident occurred on what has become a notoriously bad stretch of road where several deaths have occurred in recent years.
In May, a B-double carrying a load of concrete struck a roadside drain and jack-knifed, blocking the northbound lane and one southbound lane of the highway at Tabbimoble.
The driver was taken to Lismore Base Hospital, but his injuries were not serious.
On January 5, a 16-year-old boy was killed on the same stretch of road when the car in which he was a passenger crashed into an embankment. .
A 15-year-old girl who was sitting in a back seat suffered two broken legs and was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious condition.
The 44-year-old driver, who suffered internal injuries, faces several charges relating to the accident, including dangerous driving causing death.
In March last year a husband and wife in their 60s died in a head-on crash with a P-plate driver on the stretch of road near Tabbimoble.
Two Holden Commodores collided head-on in the crash and the couple died at the scene.
The driver of the other Commodore, a 17-year-old, was travelling north. He and his male front-seat passenger, also 17, were taken to Lismore Base Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.