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Dicing with B-doubles at Knockrow highway blackspot

DANGER STRIP: Helen Simkins, manager of the Macadamia Castle at Knockrow, says, “It is not always the truck’s fault but there is always a truck involved.”
DANGER STRIP: Helen Simkins, manager of the Macadamia Castle at Knockrow, says, “It is not always the truck’s fault but there is always a truck involved.” Doug Eaton

EVERY time Lynda Procter attempts to exit her driveway onto the Pacific Hwy with her two-year-old son in the car, her anxiety levels skyrocket.

The Knockrow resident said in the past two years there had been at least 10 serious crashes and several deaths on the black-spot stretch of the highway near the Macadamia Castle.

Two Gold Coast University students were killed in the most recent fatality when a B-double rolled and crushed their car on June 25.

Ms Procter said dicing with death as trucks hurtle past her house along that section of the highway had prompted her to call for increased safety measures in the area.

She said she believed many of the drivers involved in the crashes were inexperienced and did not know the section of the highway.

"Black spot signage and increased police patrols of the area would help," she said.

"I'm surprised something hasn't been done already as it has just been one thing after another over a two-year period."

Macadamia Castle chief of staff Helen Simkins said trucks were usually involved in the serious smashes on the section of the highway.

"It is not always the truck's fault but there is always a truck involved," she said.

Macadamia Castle owner Tony Gilding had contacted Roads and Maritime Services about a permanent speed limit reduction in the black-spot area.

"It is 80kmh at the moment because of the roadwork but it doesn't seem to make a differ- ence," Ms Simkins said.

An RMS spokesman said the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade would help improve safety.

RMS will review the speed limit closer to the completion.

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