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May 16, 2022

Another accident on Byron’s most dangerous road

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The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter reports it was called out at midnight on Sunday (May 27) to a single-vehicle rollover on Coolamon Scenic Drive, near Mullumbimby.

The female driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was treated on scene and transported to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

Possum Shoot Road crash

According to a Possum Shoot Road resident, a local woman came off that road in her small car on her way to work on Friday morning as a passing truck caused her to move too close to the edge.

This car came off the side of Possum Creek Road on Friday (May 25) after being forced to the edge by an oncoming truck. Photo supplied

The reader, who asked not to be named, said that there was long grass and no railing at the point where ‘her car went over the bank, damaging the dairy farmer’s brand new fence’.

‘She was taken away by an ambulance. She did not hit the truck but she literally had nowhere to go except over the bank.’

The reader said many residents had been forced into the gutter and had tyres blow out or been stuck in the gutter.’

She added ‘there is a 4.5 tonne limit which means some trucks are allowed on the road, which leaves little room for passing’.

‘I was hit a few years ago by a truck with the driver talking on his mobile phone and on a blind corner on the wrong side of the road.

‘All the locals in our area are very concerned for our safety on this road and are hoping that something can be done to decrease the traffic using it and the speed they drive on it in order to increase the safety for everyone, the resident said.




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  1. I notice the windier and more precarious the road, the more risky the driving style of many people. I find the bigger their cars, the less inclined to move on to their side of the road!

  2. Yes relatively new residents to the area in their new SUV’s and often on the phone or distracted by children are less inclined to move their left hand wheels onto the dirt or off the tarmac. Why I ask… maybe they don’t know how to drive to the conditions in the rural areas, they may not want to dirty or scratch up their vehicle, they think the large car has right of way, but all I know (and I’ve had to take drastic evasive driving action on more than a couple of times) is that it’s dangerous and potentially deadly to not move over and share the roadway. If you move to the country pay attention to the fact that rural driving is very different to city driving.

  3. Which end of Coolamn Scenic? Up towards Goonengery or towards Ocean Shores past Main Arm turn off? Hasn’t there been a massive development proposed up there, which would lead to a huge increase in visitor traffic? Aproval should not be granted unless the road is upgraded to deal with more cars and towed caravans. Big fancy cars have no place on narrow winding roads unless you’re ok with getting a few scratches from bushes and vegetation Also I feel there are still many dangerous drop offs which need markers and verges need to be cleared more often so drivers can actually judge where the drop offs are. People in big cars ought to drive with more caution and responsibilty on narrow country roads, and be prepared to make use of the pull off areas when a car is approaching from the other direction. It’s just common courtesy.


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