Call for action to end hwy carnage
MOMENTUM is gathering for some action on a known accident blackspot on the Bruxner Highway at South Gundurimba which saw another truck roll over on Tuesday night and which has claimed several lives inrecent years.
Politicians, high-ranking police officers and representatives of the Roads and Traffic Authority will meet today to try and find ways to reduce the risk to lives.
State Member for Lismore Thomas George and Richmond Local Area Command Superintendent Bruce Lyons attended the blackspot site yesterday and have arranged another meeting today.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Inspector Greg Moore, said the deadly stretch of road where the latest crash occurred appeared to be over-represented in terms of the number of accidents occurring there.
“Supt Bruce Lyons inspected the scene of the accident. He also made plans to meet with the Roads and Traffic Authority,” he said.
“At that meeting (today) he will conduct an analysis of recent motor vehicle accidents at that location and, together with the RTA, will attempt to identify any common threads (linking the accidents).
“It is hoped that they will be able to consider any possible solutions to the problem. It is certainly a concern.”
The section of road under scrutiny is on the Bruxner Highway, 7km south of Lismore, and includes the Coraki Road T-junction.
Mr George will be also attending today's on-site inspection with RTA officials.
“I have been concerned about this for a long time as this is the worst blackspot in my electorate,” Mr George said.
“The intersection is bad there, but now we have had truck accidents on both sides of the road away from the road junction. Something is not right.
“There are too many accidents.”
Mr George said the Coraki Road junction, the south-bound passing lane running up the hill towards Parrots Nest Road turn-off, the distance of the passing lane and the right-hand turn into Parrots Nest Road are all of major concern to him.
“The fact we are having an on-site inspection means we will be able to discuss a few issues which have been raised,” he said.
In June, a Grafton truck driver died when his fully-laden fuel tanker rolled on to its side at the same location, spilling much of its load and sparking a major clean-up.
Graeme Love, who lives near the notorious accident site, said it seemed the accidents were happening closer to his home.
“We are not angry, but we're asking, what's next?” he said. “Trucks rolling over is one thing, but there are a lot of cars going through there as well and a crashed truck and trailer can take up the whole carriageway.
“There are a lot of buses, including school buses, that go through there and what happens if they hit a crashed truck?”