Darcy Goodwin shows where the post came through the cabin of his van, narrowly missing him.
Darcy Goodwin shows where the post came through the cabin of his van, narrowly missing him.

How did Darcy walk away from this accident with hardly a scratch?

By NADINE FISHER

THE luckiest man alive!

Darcy Goodwin is just that after escaping relatively unscathed from his van that lost control and went over the side of the bridge near Mt Burrell on Kyogle-Murwillumbah Road on Saturday night.

Mr Goodwin runs the Five Loaves Mobile Soup Kitchen and was on his way to Nimbin to set up for the night.

Mt Burrell residents had recently called for action on the approaches to the bridge after three Canadian tourists lost control of their vehicle in the same spot on March 31.

Mt Burrell resident Chris Charter, who has pulled four cars from the creek, said two accidents in the same spot in two weeks is cause for concern.

Despite his van being a write-off, Mr Goodwin feels blessed to be alive, having escaped with a few minor bumps and bruises after his van went through the side rails of the bridge.

"It was dark and the road was slippery and I lost control," he said.

"It all happened in a second - the car went through the side rails of the bridge, with two wooden rails going through my door, and rolled onto its roof. I was left hanging upside down but conscious.

"Some locals came down and helped get me out as I couldn't undo the seatbelt."

Mr Goodwin said there were a lot of problems on the road to Nimbin.

"There certainly needs to be better signage around the bridge.

"I just don't know how I survived - people who saw the van couldn't believe I got out alive," he said.

Tweed Shire Council works manager Bob Missingham said there were already signs on the road to alert motorists, however the council would look at installing some more signs. He said the bridge was due to be replaced in 2006/2007.

"When the bridge is replaced we will look to reconstruct the road on a different alignment, however there is no information from police to suggest that the road is the cause of these accidents," he said.



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