CAPTAIN COOK HIGHWAY A MESS OF INCIDENTS
On Monday morning we went to Cairns for a medical appointment. We passed two single car accidents and a two-car accident before being held up for an hour because of another two-car accident. All this was before Rex lookout.
The last accident resulted in one person being airlifted to Cairns and another person being ambulanced to Port Douglas.
Once the debris of the major accident had been cleared, traffic was released in two spurts heading north to Port Douglas.
The second spurt contained 121 vehicles and the first was larger. All up there were at least 400 vehicles detained, including northbound and southbound traffic.
As well as 2 injured people and 6 smashed vehicles, flights were missed, appointments cancelled, supplies delayed, late arrivals for cruises, etc. What a lousy way to start the day for locals and tourists
For Port Douglas the Captain Cook Highway is the only reasonable access: No railway lines. No planes.
Of course the Captain Cook highway is a state government responsibility. But it is Douglas Shire’s lifeline.
Should Douglas Shire Council be using some of its political capital to spur the state government into improving the Captain Cook Highway? What is more important than saving lives, reducing injuries, property damage and long delays?
Bruce Gates, Cooya
Mark, Debbie, Christine Price, Claudia and Lorraine Boyd