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Near miss at notorious Urunga traffic trap

Shocked residents are calling for action after a car ploughed down an embankment and narrowly missed crashing into a Urunga home on Friday night.
Shocked residents are calling for action after a car ploughed down an embankment and narrowly missed crashing into a Urunga home on Friday night. Frank Redward

LOCAL residents are calling for overdue action after a dangerous traffic incident in Urunga overnight at a notorious blackspot.

An elderly woman lost control of her Kia sedan while travelling east along High Street towards the Pacific Highway.

Stunned residents watched in horror as her vehicle failed to negotiate a sharp right hand bend.

The car mounted the kerb and then dropped about 10 metres down an embankment.

It struck a large tree, wiping out the front left of the car and then smashed into a box trailer before finally coming to rest millimetres away from a house full of people.

Witnesses then scrambled down the slope to deliver help and called emergency services.

SES, Urunga Fire and Rescue, police and paramedics worked for about 20 minutes to stabilise and free the woman who was trapped and it took a further 30 minuted to recover the wrecked vehicle.

A spokesman advised that the woman suffered severe head lacerations and fractured ribs.

Ironically, one of the residents on the scene said her family had moved from a former home along the Pacific Highway to escape the truck crashes that have made Urunga notorious.

They also claimed the incident scene has been the source of numerous complaints which have fallen on deaf ears.

"We have been asking for safety rails for years," another resident said.

"The corner is tricky and (we) have almost done the same thing (as the crashed car)."



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