This semi-trailer skidded off the Bruxner Highway at its intersection with Coraki Road in wet conditions near Lismore.
This semi-trailer skidded off the Bruxner Highway at its intersection with Coraki Road in wet conditions near Lismore. DAVID NIELSEN

Weather causes traffic chaos

WET weather, animals and a burst water main proved hazardous for many drivers around the region over the weekend.

Lismore paramedic Sharon Cox said a single-vehicle crash on Nimbin Road at Goolmangar left four people, including a child, with minor injuries.

The incident occurred at 4.30pm on Saturday, with wet weather determined to be a major contributing factor.

Other incidents caused by the wet conditions over the weekend included:

The driver of a vehicle, travelling west along Bentley Road at Bentley, swerved to miss a kangaroo in the middle of the road about 10.30pm on Saturday. The car lost traction and slid into an embankment. The driver escaped with minor injuries.

A vehicle carrying three people, travelling west along Bright Street in Lismore, collided with another vehicle at the Dibbs Street intersection at 9.30pm on Saturday after failing to give way. Both drivers escaped injury, as did two passengers in one of the cars.

A semi-trailer driver had a lucky escape when he lost control of his vehicle and skidded from side-to-side while travelling along the Bruxner Highway at South Gundurimba at 3pm yesterday.

The truck, heading towards Grafton, rolled over, crashed through a guardrail and plunged down an embankment on the edge of the road.

The driver had just made adelivery in Lismore and suffered minor injuries and shock in the crash.

The cause of the incident is yet to be determined.

A single-vehicle accident in Friday Hut Road at Tintenbar yesterday saw a man narrowly escape injury as the rear of his car slid on the wet road and hit an embankment.

Ballina police Constable Ryan Eckersley said the car had come around the corner a ‘bit too quickly’ for the wet conditions and rolled on to its side at 6pm.

Meanwhile, a water main on the Fishery Creek Bridge at Ballina burst about 4am yesterday, causing major traffic delays to both north and south-bound traffic on the Pacific Highway.

It also had a major effect on the water supply to many homes and businesses in the West Ballina area.

Water tankers were used to supply businesses in the area with water until the main could be repaired about 2.30pm.

Senior Constable Mark Woolven said there had been at least three motor vehicle accidents as a result of the traffic delays caused by the ruptured main.



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