Long weekend of road carnage
TWO people were killed and four others taken to hospital following a horror start to the long weekend on the state’s roads.
Police are urging motorists to take care after a man in his 60s was killed following a single-vehicle accident along Braidwood Rd, Nerriga, near Nowra, on Friday at 2.10pm.
His female passenger was taken to Canberra Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The pair were driving from Wollongong.
In a second crash in the state’s north, a 32-year-old Lismore woman was killed after a head-on smash on Friday night along the Pacific Highway at Glenugie near Grafton.
All four occupants of the other vehicle, which was headed south, including the 47-year-old male driver, were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
“It is a tragic set of circumstances on the long weekend where everyone wants to arrive safely at their destinations,” Coffs Harbour Police Acting Inspector Kingsley Chapman said. “Fatigue comes into play so if people are feeling tired we encourage them to rest, stop in towns, recover and ensure that they are safe to drive.”
Motorists took to social media to vent their anger over roadworks in the area, with Simone Maree saying: “Only last week I almost experienced an accident in this area travelling north at Glenugie with another car driving the wrong direction on the highway.
“There needs to be more signage … My heart goes out to this woman and her family.”
Bells Line of Road in Kurrajong Hills was closed for two hours on Saturday after a threevehicle collision about 12.40pm. There were no major injuries.
Double demerits will be in place until 11.59pm on Monday.