REVIEW: The bend that has claimed seven cars in the past four years. On the opposite side of the road is a sign saying drivers can increase speed to 90kmh.Photo Adam Hourigan
REVIEW: The bend that has claimed seven cars in the past four years. On the opposite side of the road is a sign saying drivers can increase speed to 90kmh.Photo Adam Hourigan

Dangerous bend

TWO bureaucracies must swing into action to determine if a 90kmh sign on a bend where seven drivers have left the road in the past four years is contributing to the carnage.

On Tuesday elderly Yamba couple Patrick and Thelma Donnelly were travelling toward Grafton and had just crossed the Tarrant Bridge when they became involved in an overtaking manoeuvre that went wrong.

The car left the road, went through two fences before slamming into a brick corner pylon of a farmhouse belonging to John McCaffery and Sue Webster.

The owners said it was the seventh time in four years cars had gone through their fences.

Mr McCaffery said the RMS agreed to reposition the contentious sign and it has been moved about 180m, and the speed limit has been dropped from 100kmh to 90kmh.

Clarence Valley Council is responsible for the road, but it does not have responsibility for the road signs.

Its director of civil and corporate, Troy Anderson, said the RMS makes decisions on the speed limits and positioning of signs and council installs them.

Late yesterday an RMS spokesperson said the council and RMS would meet today to discuss safety issues on the section of road.



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