Man killed at Mt Burrell



RESIDENTS in the Mt Burrell district west of Murwillumbah have been shocked by yet another serious accident along the KyogleMurwillumbah Road - this time involving a fatality.

A 45-year-old man died early Tuesday night after being struck by a car while he was walking along the so-called "Mebbin straight" - a stretch of road near a new rural residential housing development just east of the hamlet of Mt Burrell.

Police said the man, from Nimbin, died at the scene after being struck by a car being driven by a 54-year-old man, also from the Nimbin area, about 6.15pm.

The driver of the car was breath-tested at the scene with a negative result.

Police believe a lack of street lighting and the fact the pedestrian was dressed in black may have been factors in the crash.

Yesterday Mt Burrell General Store shopkeeper Dianne Ditmar said local people were shocked by the accident, but knew little more than had been revealed by police.

The past year has seen a spate of accidents at Mt Burrell - but on a dangerous timber bridge near a curve close to the shop - not on the straight stretch just to the east.

Tweed Shire Council chief engineer Mike Rayner said the council's policy was not to provide street lights in rural areas except at some intersections.



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