TIRED of writing letters: Mike Connelly with the rear bumper of a car that landed in his backyard.
TIRED of writing letters: Mike Connelly with the rear bumper of a car that landed in his backyard.

Frustration builds as car crashes continue

By PETER CATON

NEARLY seven years ago Mike Connelly penned a letter to Tweed Shire Council pleading to have a guard rail installed along Terranora Road above his home.

That followed a frightening car accident which left a vehicle in his back yard, a few hundred metres west of Fraser Drive, Terranora.

With annual correspondence about the dangers mounting,

the latest in a string of car accidents early on Saturday left a Hyundai sedan in his back yard.

Two days before, another vehicle had skidded off the road, hitting the embankment on the opposite side.

"Two doors away last year a car landed near the back door of a neighbour," added Mr Connelly.

"Ever since a car went over the embankment into my backyard in 2000 I have been writing letters to the council trying to get a guard rail put up.

"They had a different reason each time why it can't be done. In the last letter they said it is approved but it is low-to-medium risk and it will take time."

Mr Connelly said the teenage driver of the Hyundai, who was unhurt, told him she could not understand how Saturday's accident happened.

He said the road had a sweeping bend which had always been dangerous, but a year ago relaying of a water main by the council had worsened the camber, tilting cars further to his side.

Mr Connelly joined the Stop the Quarry committee which spear- headed protests against planned expansion of quarrying at Terranora for fear of an accident involving a gravel-laden truck.

"If a quarry truck did the same thing there would definitely be carnage and death," he said.

"Some of our neighbours have their swimming pools on that side, with kids playing in the pools."

The council's general manager Mike Rayner yesterday said a pri- ority system existed for the installation of guard rails, but following Saturday's accident the council would review the priority.

He said that "may or may not influence the time frame".



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