Fatal crash sparks safety plea
A LOCAL resident is pleading for safety works on a dangerous stretch of Bangalow Rd after a young woman lost her life in a crash last Wednesday afternoon.
Amanda Sherlock said she had seen about 20 crashes in the seven years she has lived at Talofa, east of Bangalow.
She said "incredibly shocked” crash victims often knocked at her door seeking help as they waited for emergency services to arrive.
"I've had people in my house for long periods of time, like three or four hours, and I have got a business to run... and you get the fire brigade and everything down your driveway,” Ms Sherlock said.
She said she had gotten to know the local fire and ambulance crews because they were called to the scene so often.
"I know the procedure (for crash victims) - don't feed them, don't give them a drink, keep them warm - because we've had so many,” she said.
"It sounds awful... but I've got to the stage now where I ask if they're alright, and then, because I have got a business to run, and they can be there for hours, I kind of leave them alone.”
Ms Sherlock said it was time for authorities to consider safety measures on the dangerous stretch of road.
She said there had been a crash at the same spot on only four days before, when a driver crashed into the same tree.
"We have asked for (safety) bars... further down the road they've put in the big silver bars, and we have asked for those,” she said.
"I don't know, it would take someone to die before they do something, maybe.
"When my kids were small it (the road) really worried me. But I'm used to it. I'm numb.
She said its mainly backpackers because "they don't know the roads.”
NSW Police are still investigating last week's crash, in which a woman in her 20s died when her car left the road and hit a tree. Emergency services were called but the driver died at the scene.
Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District have commenced inquiries into the incident and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.