Second fatality in a week as biker dies in highway crash
A MAN has died after his motorcycle collided with a car near the intersection of Old Lilypool Rd on the Pacific Highway at South Grafton on Saturday night.
The highway was closed for about three hours in both directions as emergency services attended and police investigated the cause.
The driver of the car was taken to hospital to undergo mandatory blood and urine testing.
The rider died at the scene.
Officers from the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command are appealing to anyone who witnessed the accident, or events leading up to it, to phone Grafton Police on 6642 0222.
The accident is the second highway fatality in the Clarence Valley in the past week.
For many it will be a harsh reminder of the risk involved when travelling on the highway which, for the most part, remains as a single carriageway as it passes through the Valley.
Newly elected Member for Page Kevin Hogan said any serious accident, especially one resulting in death, was distressing and should be non-political.
But as for meeting the original 2016 timetable proposed for completion, Mr Hogan said while most people would agree it was unlikely, there was no need to give up on it.
He said the Coalition would honour its promise of 80/20 funding between federal and state.
"The time for talking is over," Mr Hogan said.
"There is no further impediment; the money is there and the work will be done as soon as possible. The reason for the hold-up was because of the political debate about who would fund what, but money is not a concern now."
He said late last week contractors were awarded the second stage of the Pimlico to Teven Highway upgrade which would include building two kilometres of new road on the Pacific Highway and about 1.3 kilometres of new road on the Bruxner Highway.
The Pimlico to Teven upgrade is part of the $564.6 million of planning and preconstruction works being undertaken between Woolgoolga and Ballina.