ANOTHER ACCIDENT: A truck on its side on Bangalow Rd.
ANOTHER ACCIDENT: A truck on its side on Bangalow Rd.

Byron High offering support to HSC students injured in crash

THE winding bitumen of Bangalow Road continues to bring motorists unstuck, with two Year 12 Byron Bay high school girls still recovering following a crash last Monday.

Statistics from Roads and Maritime Services reveal there is almost one crash a week on Bangalow Rd, with 48 crashes in the 12 months to March 30 this year.

The 18-year-old Byron High students were driving toward Lismore about 4.20pm when the car they were in collided with a tree near Dudgeons Lane, about 1.5km west of Bangalow.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said the girls were trapped in the wreckage for about 40 minutes.

"One woman had a head laceration and the other woman was suffering head injuries," the spokeswoman.

The teenagers were taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

An Education Department spokesman said the school was supporting the injured students' families, and fellow students preparing for their HSC.

Then on Wednesday morning about 5am a truck carrying pig carcasses rolled, trapping the driver in the cab for more than an hour.

The 31-year-old driver had to be cut from the cabin and was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital suffering leg, chest and hip injuries.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesman said the 48 crashes included three fatalities and 21 other serious smashes which resulted in 20 people being injured.

"Wet weather is thought to have been a factor in slightly more than half of these crashes," the spokesman said.

The spokesman said about 8000 vehicles use Bangalow Rd each day.

This compares with about 14,500 vehicles travelling between Alstonville and Lismore on the Bruxner Highway daily.

While he declined to comment on the statistics, Richmond Local Area Command Sergeant Craig Ahrens said crashes unfortunately occurred regularly on Bangalow Rd, as well as other roads in the region.

Sgt Ahrens said speed and road conditions were often a factor.

"People should always be aware of speed limits and drive to the conditions of the road at the time," he said.


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