Road is­sues reignited

Woman badly hurt in head-on crash at no­to­ri­ous bend

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS ONLINE -

❝ 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

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