A Maclean woman is treated by ambulance officers after being freed from her van after a three-car accident just north of Ulmarr
A Maclean woman is treated by ambulance officers after being freed from her van after a three-car accident just north of Ulmarr

Lucky escape after three-car accident



THE tragic sight of three mangled cars scattered across the Pacific Highway just north of Ulmarra yesterday provided yet another reason for an improved road.

The accident scene painted a ghastly picture for motorists who passed slowly by once waved through by police, but thankfully no-one was seriously hurt this time.

Around 8.45am a 73-year-old South Grafton man had stopped on the highway to turn right into Old Post Office Lane when a Toyota Hi-Lux driven by a 33-year-old Grafton man clipped the rear side of his Rodeo ute.

The impact pushed both vehicles into the path of a southbound van driven by a 47-year-old Maclean woman.

Emergency service crews were quickly on the scene, having to free the woman from the van after its front had crumpled around her legs, trapping her inside. The two men escaped with minor injuries. All three were taken to Grafton Base Hospital.

Pacific Highway residents Des and Kay Power weren't surprised to find a hole in their fence and three wrecked cars littering the road when they stepped outside.

The couple wrote to the Roads and Traffic Authority last November warning of the dangers presented to drivers who had to stop to turn right into Old Post Office Lane without the use of a suitable turning lane. The RTA responded by installing advanced warning signs, but said funding to improve the section had not been made available because of its untarnished accident history.

But Mr Power knew that this isolated incident outside his home pointed to a larger problem with the Pacific Highway generally.

"I think this is just symptomatic of the problems with the highway, it's why it needs upgrading," he said.



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