Traffic chaos on Sexton Hill

THE speed limit on Sexton Hill was yesterday cut from 80km/h to 60km/h following a string of accidents in the past 24 hours. Police said they had virtually been "camped out" on Sexton Hill, with this week's deluge --------------- --------------- causing chaos on the roads. The notorious blackspot has been the site of more than a% dozen accidents in the past 24 hours, leading police to seek a temporary speed limit reduc- tion in the area until the wild weather eases. Yesterday's toll stood at eight --------------- --------------- following several accidents, in- cluding a three-car collision near the Darlington Drive exit, which banked traffic back past Chinderah. A northbound Mitsubishi% Sigma left the road, becoming -- Jump from page 1 to page 2 -- wedged against a power pole, after colliding with a Volvo and a Toyota Rav4 about 1.50pm. No-one was injured. A crumpled traffic sign pointing to the Banora Point exit was left lying on the ground to the rear of the Mitsubishi. Less than 40 minutes later a minor acci- dent in the southbound lane near the Sexton Hill pedestrian overpass caused further traf- fic delays for motorists. In a separate incident a 36-year-old Potts- ville man was charged with driving while disqualified after crashing his car into a con- crete guard rail about 8.40am yesterday. The wet weather has caused an explosion in accident numbers on Sexton Hill. Police were also kept busy on Thursday, with a number of motorists coming to grief in the wet conditions. One unlucky couple were involved in two separate accidents on Sexton Hill which sparked a four-car collision. --------------- --------------- It is believed a man had called his wife% after being involved in an accident near the Laura Street exit about 7.50am Shortly after arriving at the scene the wife's car, which was parked to the rear of her husband's vehicle and a tow truck, was struck from be- hind by another vehicle travelling north. Police have urged motorists to drive with caution following the spate of accidents. "In the current inclement weather we're asking people to be mindful of driving to suit conditions, and where necessary reducing speed, said Tweed Police duty officer Inspec- tor Darren Steel. "Police have attended a high number of% accidents in the last 24 hours, and we believe it is people not adjusting their speed limit to conditions." Insp Steel said police would enforce the new 60km/h speed limit over the weekend.



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