A CRANE is used to retrieve the car from the roadside gully at Red Hill on the Eungella Road.
A CRANE is used to retrieve the car from the roadside gully at Red Hill on the Eungella Road.

Diesel dumps car in gully



POLICE are blaming road conditions for a singlevehicle accident on the Eungella Road on Saturday.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the accident at a locality known as Red Hill, 3.5 kilometres along the Eungella Road from the intersection with Kyogle Road.

Police said at around 1pm a Subaru Liberty sedan travelling towards Murwillumbah skidded in a patch of spilled diesel on a left-hand curve as it approached the hill.

The car slid across the roadway and overturned as it went over a five-metre embankment, landing upside down in a gully.

The 66-year-old driver from Tyalgum escaped with minor bumps and bruises. Police said the road was damp at the time of the accident and they suspected a truck had spilled the diesel from its tank earlier as it rounded the curve.

Police said the diesel on the wet road made the surface very slippery.

Murwillumbah Rural Fire Service was called to the scene to spread absorbent material on the diesel spill.



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