B-double fatal 'fifth in decade' on Pacific Hwy at Knockrow
B-DOUBLES should never have been cleared to use the Pacific Highway in 2002, Macadamia Castle owner Tony Gilding has said in the wake of Tuesday's fatal crash at Knockrow.
Mr Gilding has been campaigning on highway issues since the first route options began being discussed for the Ewingsdale to Tintenbar Pacific Highway upgrade.
In 2011 his car was narrowly missed by a petrol tanker that lost control on the south side of Tintenbar Hill before rolling and exploding at the bottom of the hill.
"B-doubles and cars don't mix well on a one-lane highway," Mr Gilding said.
"Especially at that time of day, there's a huge amount of traffic with people going home from work and kids being picked up from school."
Inspector Mick Dempsey said that stretch of road was a bad one for crashes and he could recall at least five fatal crashes there over the past decade.
Officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit are continuing their investigation into the crash, which killed a 28-year-old Gold Coast man and a 26-year-old woman who last night had not yet been identified.
The pair died when an out-of-control B-double crushed the silver sedan they were in, waiting to turn on to the Pacific Hwy out of Ivy Lane, 750m north of the Macadamia Castle.
Richmond Local Area Command Inspector Dempsey said yesterday the two victims were tragically in "an unfortunate place at the wrong time".
There were no other passengers in the vehicle.
The 26-year old truck driver from the Gold Coast was not injured, but was taken to Ballina Hospital where compulsory blood and urine tests were taken before he was released.
The stretch of road is due to be replaced by the $860 million dual-lane Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade by the end of next year, with the current highway remaining for use by local traffic.