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May 18, 2021

Fatal crash at Knockrow

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The treacherous Tintenbar to Ewingsdale stretch of Pacific Highway has claimed another two lives after an accident at Knockrow, 500m north of the Macadamia Castle, yesterday afternoon.

A man and a woman, both 28, were killed after the car they were travelling in was crushed by a b-double truck.

Emergency services were called to the scene after the truck rolled on top of the car on the existing unduplicated section of the highway at around 3.30pm.

Two cranes and a heavy haulage truck had to be brought in to lift the truck from on top of the car and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was on standby to airlift any seriously injured passengers.

But when the truck was removed both the passengers in the car were confirmed dead.

The 26-year-old Queensland truck driver was uninjured and was interviewed at Ballina police station but no charges have been laid.

The accident caused lengthy delays and yesterday evening the highway remained closed in both directions.

Light vehicles had to be diverted northbound via Ross Lane and southbound via Lismore/Bangalow Road.

Heavy vehicles were diverted to the Bruxner Highway and New England Highway.


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11 COMMENTS

  1. Well surprise,surprise!
    This is the unavoidable consequence of trashing the rail system and allowing these incredibly dangerous trucks to share the road with legitimate traffic.

    • The people who made the decisions to close our railways and encourage more freight trucks on our public roads should be held accountable

  2. Don’t think it’s the highway itself that has claimed those lives, me thinks it was the truck. When will we learn that we need to drive more responsibly on our roads and not blame the roads for the accidents that occur?

  3. We Have to get these trucks OFF our road system. They are no longer trucks but mini trains and I for one am sick of doing battle with these monsters on our roads every day. Try coming out of bangalow onto the pacific highway every day to a convoy of them all attempting to overtake each other! At this rate I have more chance of getting killed by a B double than by illicit drugs…. go figure!!!!

  4. WE SHOULD NOT have any BIG TRUCKS ON THE ROADS were PEOPLE AND FAMILIES DRVE , TRANSPORT OF GOODS SHOULD BE BY RAIL ,TO MAJOR DEPOTS ARROUND THE COUNTRY AND CITIES ,AND THEN DISTRIBUTED BY SMALLER TRUCKS , THIS SYSTEM WOULD INPRVE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIES AND MAKE OUR ROAD SAFE AND MUCH CHEAPER TO MAINTAIN ,WITH CHEAPER REGO FEES , OR BUILD A SEPARET ROAD FOR THIS BIG DANGEROUS THINGS AT THE COMPANIES EXPENSSES .

  5. Is anyone keeping a tally on the number of B-double trucks involved in accidents on the Pacific Highway ? Of course the trucking industry isn’t.

  6. Only our stupid politicians could close the rail system and give a fuel subsidy to the trucking companies to encourage b-doubles to clog our already narrow and insufficient so called highways. Are we the clever county? I don’t think so.

  7. Agree with all of the above,now the roads are being built just to accommodate the B doubles. The road upgrades are just over the top and a scar on our beautiful landscape.

  8. I agree with the sentiments above. A 50 ton truck at 100 km per hour is an out of control killing machine. It could be fixed so easly by limiting the max speed of all vehicles to 70 kmh. Then trucks maybe would go inland. So the journey would take us 10 minutes longer, seems a good trade off to me.

  9. We can not simply blame the trucks – it is our systems (the ones we vote for) that put them on our roads in such great numbers. I work at Macadamia Castle and the last truck accident we witnessed – not long ago – was entirely the fault of the car driver and not the truck at all.

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