Three die in 22hrs on N. Rivers roads
By WILL JACKSON
HOW much more carnage can we take?
The look on the faces of rescue workers attending the third Pacific Highway fatality in 22 hours summed up the feelings across the Northern Rivers yesterday.
A 21-year-old Byron Bay woman lay dead inside her crushed white Holden Commodore. She was killed instantly, t-boned by a van after she lost control on a sweeping right-hand curve on the Pacific Highway, 20km south of Woodburn.
The occupants of the van were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The grim-faced rescue workers were still dealing with the after-effects of two other crashes.
Around 12.30am yesterday, a 30-year-old Lismore man was killed after his black Ford utility crossed onto the wrong side of the road into the path of a b-double truck only a 500 metres south of the Bruxner Highway turnoff.
The truck's driver, a 29-year-old man from Ocean Shores, was uninjured.
And just before midday on Thursday, a 35-year-old tourist from the UK was killed when her car collided head on with a semitrailer 3km south of the Bruxner Highway junction.
NRMA's Motoring and Service's director Wendy Machin said these deaths could been have been prevented by a better road.
"Under the current program of work the highway will be completed in 2027 ? that's far too slow," she said.
State Minister Eric Roozendaal said it was time for a co-operative approach to funding the Pacific Highway and he would be meeting with the Federal Roads Minister Jim Lloyd next week.
NRMA Motoring and Services and the Pacific Highway Taskforce will also meet Mr Lloyd next week.