NSW Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell did not have to look hard yesterday for an example of why an upgrade to our horror section of the Pacific Highway needs to be made a priority.
The unfortunate, yet timely, reminder came at about 5.25am yesterday two kilometres north of Iluka at Mororo when a Ford station wagon collided with a semi-trailer. The driver of the Ford, a 69-year-old man believed to be from the Central Coast, was pronounced dead on arrival at Lismore Base Hospital.
Police said the man was travelling south when his car crossed to the wrong side of the highway, colliding with the semi-trailer. The crash happened on a straight section of the Pacific Highway on an overtaking lane. The impact ruptured the truck’s fuel tank and forced it to lose a wheel. The truck veered into a truck stop and hit a parked prime mover.
The 63-year-old Tamworth man behind the wheel of the semi-trailer and the man sleeping in the parked prime mover were not injured. The driver of the Ford was cut from the vehicle by emergency services and airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital, but could not be revived.
Mr O’Farrell was in the region yesterday to tour the deadly section of highway between Ballina and Coffs Harbour.
“The timing of this accident is appalling but a reminder that the complacency, the failure to deliver on promises isn’t just a political debating point. It is actually a matter of life and death for the people that use this road,” he said
Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell said the tragic accident reinforced the need for a highway upgrade.
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