A motorist towing a caravan overtakes a stationary vehicle towards an oncoming truck crossing double lines to navigate the infamous bend on the Grafton Bridge.
A motorist towing a caravan overtakes a stationary vehicle towards an oncoming truck crossing double lines to navigate the infamous bend on the Grafton Bridge. Facebook/ Sam Joyce

Dashcam of close call on 'Bendy Bridge' sparks fiery debate

THE viral dashcam video of a near miss on the Grafton Bridge between a motorist towing a caravan and a B-Double truck has ignited plenty of debate on social media, but according to some the video doesn't tell the whole story.  

The footage uploaded to Facebook, which has now been viewed more than 112,000 times, shows a motorist stopping to give way to an oncoming B-Double truck on Grafton Bridge.  

Suddenly, another vehicle towing a caravan overtakes the stopped motorist over double lines and continues towards the corner with a B-Double truck in its path.  

This close call saw the motorist towing the caravan almost plough head on into the truck, but luckily both stopped in time.  

A person who claims to know the motorist towing the caravan  confirmed they were not a tourist to the area. They suggested the motorist was  driving "too close to the car in front" and didn't have enough room to stop with the caravan in tow, so they went around the vehicle with the dash cam in order to avoid an accident.  

Another motorist who said they were  two cars behind the caravan also believed the driver did not intentionally overtake the car with the dashcam.

Another Facebooker wrote: "The car with the caravan shouldn't have been driving so fast he couldn't stop, nor been close enough he couldn't stop.  

Another wrote she was impressed with the reversing skills displayed by the motorist towing the caravan.  

The Daily Examiner asked our readers if there should be signs warning motorists to give way to larger vehicles on the corners.

  There are two "caution on bends" signs on the northern and southern approaches,  with a picture of a truck and car, but should they contain more information?  

One reader said the "caution" sign needed to be replaced with "give way" signs on the bridge and lines marking where to give way on the road surface.  

Another wrote she didn't think more rules would help, "this driver wasn't taking any notice of the ones already in place".  

One perspective put forward by a reader questioned the legitimacy of trucks being allowed to cross the lines in the first place: "Why should trucks be allowed to cross double lines also on the bridge? They also should be charged."  



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