Deadly Kyogle Rd corner a tragedy in waiting
THE third death in 13 months of a motorist at a deadly Kyogle Rd corner north-west of Uki has sparked renewed calls for black spot funding from the Federal Government.
Megan Albany from Kunghur was lucky to escape with just bruising and scratches after crashing on the corner, near Braeside Dr, last Easter.
She has now launched a petition for black spot funding after a Nimbin man died after crashing at the same corner on February 6.
Tweed Shire councillor Barry Longland said the corner was included as an urgent agenda item at the council’s traffic committee meeting on February 11.
Cr Longland said the committee, which consists of himself, police, Roads and Maritime Services, state MPs Geoff Provest and Thomas George and the council’s traffic engineers, agreed the council should apply for the funding.
He said options they would consider included assessing the road pavement condition, installing better signage, lowering the speed limit on that section of road and installing guard rails.
“(Last January), a mother and daughter were killed there,” Cr Longland said.
“There was a black spot funding application made after that but it was not successful.”
He said he hoped the new application would be taken more seriously following the most recent death, with a “slippery when wet” and 45kmh speed advisory signs clearly not preventing serious crashes.
He suggested large “slow down” signs be erected on the dangerous stretch.
The council will know within six months what is possible for the corner.
Ms Albany held out hope the funding would be granted this time.
“When I crashed... it was wet on the day,” she said.
“I was driving a friend’s ute and the back of it spun out.”
The car rolled four times before slamming into a tree – the only thing stopping her from rolling into the river below.
“I was lucky I was not trapped,” she said.
“I was able to get out because the electric windows were still working.”
She said the car was concealed by the embankment and was not visible to passing motorists.
“When I heard someone else had died there I thought I needed to do something,” she said.
“There’s something wrong for that many accidents to be happening.”
She hoped a renewed push from the council would secure the funding needed to make the corner safer.
“I think it should probably go to 60kmh,” Ms Albany said.
She believed warning signs would also help.
“Lots of tourists come along that road, it’s got to be something that’s really obvious,” she said.