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PINEAPPLE juice has never smelt the same to Trevor Green since October 20, 1989.

The truck that was involved in the notorious Cowper bus crash was carrying a load of tinned pineapple juice.

It was just one of the thousands of sights, sounds and smells that made up Mr Green’s memories of road accidents in more than 31 years of working as a Grafton-based ambulance paramedic.

Mr Green, the recipient of a Bravery Medal in 2002, had seen first-hand how road improvements lower accident statistics. He will be one of those attending tonight’s public forum at Coffs Harbour on the Pacific Highway.

He was awarded a Bravery Medal for his heroic action in jumping into a burning cab to drag out the seriously injured truck driver with the help of a police officer following a crash on the Summerland Way.

Mr Green recalled 1988 as another year of carnage on the highway, due to the large number of people driving on the highway to and from Expo 88, many of them driving long distances and many visitors from overseas.

He was “horrified” that completing work to make the Pacific Highway a divided highway between Sydney and Brisbane was so far behind its original schedule.

Others at the forum will include the Roads and Traffic Authority Pacific Highway manager, Bob Higgins,

Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker and the political candidates for the State seat of Coffs Harbour in next month’s

election.

Local musician Keogh Holtermann will also perform his song Thin White Line.

Public forum on the Pacific Highway, 7pm tonight in the lecture theatre at the Coffs Harbour

Education Campus on Hogbin Drive.



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