Close call for mum and kids
AUTUMN began with rain that caused minor road acci-dents yesterday, and summer ended with an almighty bang on Wednesday night when a spectacular electrical storm hit the Coffs Coast.
Only hardy souls would have dared venture outside as the lightning, thunder and heavy rain moved in.
The Bureau of Meteorology says 34.8mm of rain fell in Coffs Harbour in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday, with a further 7mm in the six hours to 3pm.
We've certainly had our fair share of rain during the summer months, with 73.8mm in December, 65.2mm in January, and 120.8mm last month. We can expect more showers today and tomorrow before conditions fine up on Sunday.
Slippery conditions provided some scary moments for a mum, 41, and her two children, aged 10 and 6, at Upper Orara yesterday. Police said the Upper Orara woman was negotiating a right-hand bend on Upper Orara Road at 9am when she lost control of her Holden Commodore station wagon down a hill. The car ran off the road and slammed into a tree.
Ambulance officers released the trio from the wreck and took them to Coffs Harbour Health Campus. The woman was treated for minor injuries and her children were treated for shock.
A nearby resident, who asked to be identified only as Judy, said many motorists had been injured in accidents on that bend, particularly in wet weather.
"Another local almost lost control of her car just before this accident happened, and speed wasn't involved," Judy said.
"It's either the camber of the road or stuff on the road, like oil when it rains.
"As soon as it rains there's an accident, and this has been happening every week lately.
"I couldn't begin to count the number of crashes here, and I've lived here for 30 years.
"We want the (Coffs Harbour City) council to take a close look at the corner for the safety of people using the road."