One lane of the Pacific Highway has been reopened.
One lane of the Pacific Highway has been reopened. Cathryn McLachlan

Traffic back to normal on Pac Hwy following truck crash

UPDATE 2.15PM: ALL lanes are now open on the Pacific Highway three kilometres north of Woodburn after an earlier truck accident.

Conditions are back to normal.

 

12.45PM: ALTERNATING stop go lights are still in place on the Pacific Highway three kilometres north of Woodburn, due to a truck crash overnight.

 

The crash happened around 2am last night, close to the Paw Park Pet Resort on the corner of Rileys Hill Rd and the highway.

Business owner, Kim Watt, said the staff member who was rostered on at that time didn't even hear the truck, which turned on its side and lost its load of fencing.

"There's someone on site all the time and they didn't hear the crash last night," she said.

"The dogs didn't hear anything either so it must have been raining pretty hard."

Ms Watt said the incident didn't affect her business, but she received a number of calls enquiring if the resort was open.

"I was telling anyone who called to divert through Rileys Hill Rd," she said.

"We get people coming from Grafton way and from Lismore and Casino way … It's only a small percentage that come from Ballina."

While the scene was cleared a section of the Pacific Highway between Broadwater and Woodburn was closed and diversions were in place.

Southbound traffic was diverted at Ballina and northbound traffic was diverted at Grafton.

Manager of the Commercial Hotel in Broadwater, Amy Trotter, said something needed to be done soon to improve safety.

"In the last three or four months there's been three or four crashes there … it's obviously a pretty serious issue," she said.

"Definitely there needs to be something seriously looked at. How many lives need to be taken before they really consider doing something about it?

"I don't know what could be done because it's just a straight stretch of road … it will benefit when the bypass comes through but we just have to wait for that to happen."
 

The clean up following a truck crash on the Pacific Highway has nearly been completed.
The clean up following a truck crash on the Pacific Highway has nearly been completed.

 

11AM: ONE lane has reopened following a truck rollover on the Pacific Highway early this morning.

It is hoped that soon traffic will be back to normal.

 

10.30AM: THE Pacific Highway has almost been cleared following a truck rollover early this morning.

Workers from the Roads and Mariatime Service have cleared the truck off the road and the debris clean up has almost been completed.

A journalist on the ground said the RMS is hoping to have the roads cleared within the next half an hour.

 

9.15AM: DIVERSIONS on the Pacific Highway are likely to remain in place for some time following an earlier truck crash between Broadwater and Woodburn.

Transport Management Centre spokesperson, Rebecca Walsh, said the clean-up was particularly complicated due to the load the truck was carrying. 

"They have to go through the major recovery processes. They have to look at the sight, evaluate it for dangers, they have to bring in resources such as a heavy vehicle tow, they have to recover the load," she said.

"It was carrying fencing … it was also carrying some concrete pylons the fencing sits in, so it's very heavy and they had to bring in a crane."

Northbound traffic is being diverted at Grafton to the Summerland Way to Casino and the Bruxner Highway via Lismore to Ballina.

Southbound traffic is being diverted at Ballina on the Bruxner Highway via Lismore to Casino and the Bruxner Highway to Grafton.

This detour is suitable to all vehicles and adds up to 80 minutes of additional travel time.

The driver escaped with only minor injuries.

The scene of the truck crash on the Pacific Highway this morning.
The scene of the truck crash on the Pacific Highway this morning. Contributed

7.45AM: A TRUCK driver has been lucky to escape with only minor injuries following a crash on the Pacific Highway.

Police from Richmond Local Area Command received a report around 2am that a truck, which was carrying a load of fencing, had rolled over, Inspector Doug Connors said.

The 58-year-male driver received only cuts and bruises, Insp Connors said.

The truck was currently blocking both lanes, and there was significant debris on the road, he said, causing the highway to be closed for recovery. 

Insp Connors said the highway may remain closed "for some time yet".

 

THURSDAY: THE Pacific Highway is closed in both directions following a truck crash in the early hours of this morning.

Emergency services and RMS are on the scene of a crash between Broadwater and Woodburn.

Diversions are in place for motorists, Live Traffic has reported.

Northbound motorists will detour at Grafton to the Summerland Way to Casino and on to the Bruxner Highway via Lismore to Ballina.

Southbound motorists will detour at Ballina on to the Bruxner Highway via Lismore and on to Casino and the Summerland Way to Grafton.

This detour is suitable to all vehicles and adds up to 80 minutes of additional travel time.



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