Editorial - Tuesday, October 22: Cowper crash reminder

THE day before the 24th anniversary of the horrendous Cowper bus crash, that section of the Pacific Highway was witness to another terrible scene when a car ploughed into two parked cars in a breakdown lane.

A six-year-old girl was seriously injured and a number of other people were injured and treated at the scene.

While there is no comparison of the scale of the two crashes, the location and timing remind the community that despite the endless promises to the contrary, the Pacific Hwy remains a dangerous piece of road just as capable of claiming lives now as it was 24 years ago.

No-one should ever forget that Coroner Kevin Waller's inquests into both the Cowper and Kempsey bus crashes recommended a complete overhaul of the Pacific Hwy and the heavy transport system in the State.

And no-one should forget these recommendations have largely been ignored.

What we will do is keep reminding our leaders that this is unacceptable and must be fixed.

Tim Howard



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