Calls for speed reduction
A PROMINENT Tweed businessman has revived his campaign for the speed limit on Tweed Valley Way near Tumbulgum to be reduced after a fatal car crash occurred just hours after another incident on Wednesday.
Real estate agent David Stringer said he was disappointed that despite previously expressing his concerns in 2010, the speed limit on sections of Tweed Valley Way, including the intersections with Riverside Dr, had remained at 100kmh.
"Despite my efforts to reduce many more vehicle accidents, carnage and deaths on our roads, council still refuses to do anything to reduce the road speed along the notorious stretch of Tweed Valley Way, Tumbulgum, including ... both Riverside Dr intersections," Mr Stringer said.
About 2.45pm on Wednesday, emergency services were called to the site on Tweed Valley Way at Tumbulgum, where a Mitsubishi Magna station wagon, which had been travelling east, and a light truck, travelling west, collided head-on.
The driver of the station wagon, a 55-year-old woman, died at the scene.
The road between both ends of Riverside Dr was closed for several hours.
The truck driver, a 45-year-old man, was treated for minor injuries and underwent mandatory blood and urine testing.
Four hours prior, a woman was uninjured after crashing her four-wheel drive over an embankment several hundred metres east on the same road.
Tweed Shire Council's roads and stormwater manager Danny Rose emphasised that the crash appeared unrelated to the intersection.
"We are currently assessing options for the section of road where the unfortunate fatality occurred," Mr Rose said.
A report will be prepared for the coroner and investigations are ongoing.