Road issues reignited
Woman badly hurt in head-on crash at notorious bend
❝ It’s a wellknown bend where it could easily happen — Andrew Chapman, NSW Ambulance Inspector
RED HILL has for years been regarded a local traffic blackspot and this week the Coramba Rd section was the site of yet another major crash.
A woman suffered serious leg and chest injuries after two vehicles crashed head-on, causing a car fire on Tuesday.
Police said a young male behind the wheel of a Nissan Pathfinder veered into the path of an eastbound Toyota Rav-4 driven by a woman aged in her 60s.
The impact ignited a fire under the bonnet of the Pathfinder.
Witness to the crash Ryan Hoschke was travelling about 30m behind one of the vehicles when the crash occurred.
“After the impact, it would have been maybe three minutes before the fire ignited under the bonnet of the Pathfinder,” he said.
“A group of blokes pulled the woman out of her car.
“She wasn’t moving at that point and they laid her down on a blanket a safe distance to protect her in case the other vehicle exploded.
“Within minutes that vehicle was engulfed in flames,” he said.
The woman was taken to hospital in a serious condition, suffering a broken leg and fractured clavicle.
Wet conditions were said to have played a factor in the younger driver veering over the unbroken white line marking and into the opposite lane.
“It’s a well-known bend where it could easily happen,” Coffs Coast-based NSW Ambulance Inspector Andrew Chapman said.
“Apparently both drivers were doing the speed limit and one of them lost control of their vehicle on the bend.
“Both patients were treated for injuries and both were conveyed to Coffs Harbour hospital.”
The traffic congestion resulted in a minor bonnet-to-bumper collision further down the hill.
In 2009, Coffs Harbour City Council took measures in response to motorist concern after Red Hill was identified as a problem spot for driving.
The council reacted by installing extra signage and completing resealing and line marking on that section of Coramba Rd.
CRASH SCENE: Motorist Ryan Hoschke witnessed the head-on crash at Red Hill this week and captured this image of the vehicle alight. PHOTO: RYAN HOSCHKE