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Car flips onto pedestrian crossing trouble-spot at Banora

Overturned ute on pedestrian crossing
Overturned ute on pedestrian crossing

LATE afternoon of Friday 25 January 2013, a utility containing two young males crashed at a notorious T-intersection located on the corners of Laura St and Anderson Ave in East Banora Point.

The car flipped upside down onto a Tweed Shire Council-designated pedestrian crossing.

The young driver of the car was heard screaming hysterically from inside the cabin until neighbours assisted him out. He appeared to sustain injuries to his head and arm and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police and fire brigade officers attended the scene. The male passenger seemed unhurt and was escorted by police to Tweed Heads Police station for questioning.

Tweed Shire Council have received multiple complaints from local residents about this hot-spot which drivers, often young P-platers, daily cut short at frightening speeds.

 

Car flips onto pedestrian crossing trouble spot. - User Contributed
Car flips onto pedestrian crossing trouble spot. - User Contributed

Residents placed their concerns in writing to the Council and cited several accidents in the same area, including when a car became airborne and plunged into the back of a parked van, and another occasion when a car smashed through a brick wall and almost plunging into a swimming pool.

 

In response to complaints, Tweed Shire Council attended the site where residents demonstrated the pedestrian blind spot experienced as young children and the elderly cross from west to east into the very site of the recent accident.

Council denied residents suggestions of installing a raised traffic island and pedestrian crossing at the accident site.

Instead, Council painted a traffic island at the T-intersection.

This paint work has done nothing to deter the constant flow of reckless drivers who simply speed over the top of the island, often on the wrong side of the road.

Residents are now petitioning Tweed Shire Council to install a raised traffic island and pedestrian crossing, plus a metal barrier.

As one neighbour and witness to Friday's accident stated: 'Had a pedestrian been crossing, or the owner of the nearby house been out gardening on that corner when the ute came round, they'd be dead!

But Council never do anything until someone is killed.'

Topics:  car crash, east banora point, laura st


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