Deadly crash prompts call for driver vigilance
THE death of a female driver in a tragic motorway crash at Chinderah on Sunday has prompted NSW Police to call for more driver vigilance.
Tweed-Byron LAC police confirmed the driver of a sedan travelling south on the Pacific Motorway lost control of her vehicle at about 12.20pm yesterday.
Her car is alleged to have crossed over a median strip onto the opposite side of the road, before colliding head-on with a Holden Commodore travelling in a northbound lane near the Chinderah on-ramp.
The 30-year-old driver of the sedan was thrown through her windscreen and died at the scene.
Police were forced to divert traffic around the accident after closing northbound lanes for a short period of time.
Crew from the NSW Fire and Rescue's Kingscliff branch worked to prevent any fire danger at the site while NSW Ambulance treated two patients before transferring them to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
A woman in her late 20s was taken to hospital to be treated for head and neck injuries, while another woman, aged in her mid-60s, who was trapped for a brief period of time in her car, was treated for neck and chest injuries and a painful lower abdomen.
Following the crash, Tweed-Byron LAC Chief Inspector Gary Cowan urged motorists to remain vigilant.
"It's a timely reminder that to be safe on the roads, keep to the speed limit," Chief Insp Cowan said.
"Drive to the conditions, and keep a look out when you're driving, not only on your own car but obviously on the road around you."
The crash also prompted Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Commander of the state's Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, to warn seven people had died in six separate crashes over three days in NSW.
"To have this many deaths in just three days should serve as a warning as to what can go wrong on our roads," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
"There is little doubt that speed, fatigue, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seat belt or proper helmet, or distraction by a mobile phone contribute to crashes on our roads."
On Friday, a 48-year-old man died after he was struck by a car at Corrimal.
Also on Friday, a 59-year-old woman, who was the rider of a BMW motorcycle, died after crashing with a truck on the M1 Motorway at Black Hill.
And a 15-year-old boy, who was a passenger in a Subaru Forester travelling north on Rotary Drive at Batemans Bay, died on Friday after the car left the roadway and crashed.
On Saturday, a 53-year-old man and a 47-year-old man both died following a two-vehicle crash on Sutton Road, Sutton, while a 21-year-old man, who was the rider of a Kawasaki motorcycle, died after crashing with a car on Waterfall Way at Fernmount.
Advice from police on road safety:
* If you've been drinking or have used drugs, your ability to respond when driving is severely diminished.
* If you're speeding, you risk crashing or running off the road when taking evasive action.
* If you're distracted by a mobile phone, or are driving tired, you're not concentrating on the road, putting yourself and others at great risk.
* If you're not wearing a seat belt or proper helmet your chances of survival in a crash are minimal at best.
* If you're walking or cycling you need to make sure you're wearing bright visible clothing and sharing the road with others safely.