How many more?
By JENI FAULKNER
THE Pacific Highway has claimed the life of yet another Coffs Harbour teenager.
The 17-year-old, from Safety Beach, died in the early hours of yesterday morning, only two kilometres from where another teenager died last month.
This latest fatality happened at Emerald Beach at 12.20am when the P-plater's north-bound Hyundai hatchback collided with an on-coming Landcruiser.
The crash happened 100m south of the Fiddaman Road turn-off was the third involving a young driver between Emerald Beach and Bucca Road in just one month.
Last week Robert Lock, 17, of Sandy Beach, escaped death after being hit by a truck and, on March 20, Woolgoolga resident Tyne Nicholson, 19, died after her car was crushed by a semi-trailer.
At the time of yesterday's accident, police from the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command were travelling south along the highway, arriving seconds after the accident.
The teenage died at the scene, while the driver of the other vehicle, a woman, 63, from Billy's Creek, was taken to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus suffering minor seatbelt-related injuries.
While police investigations into the cause of the crash are continuing, Northern Beaches residents are now more fearful than ever of travelling on the highway.
There have been 11 deaths between Korora and Woolgoolga in the past four years, beginning with a tragic triple fatality at Emerald Beach in June, 2001.
"Where this boy died yesterday, there is a dip in the road and every time it rains a car runs into trouble," an Emerald Beach resident, who did not wish to be named, said.
"The dip is between the bridge and across the road from Slater's Firewood. There has been about eight or 10 accidents there over the years.
"There is always some car which ends up in the ditch and when the concrete trucks go past you hear them rattle by.
"The Pacific Highway worries residents because there are just too many accidents in such a short distance of road."
"We just keep hoping the RTA will do something quick because we don't want to hear of any more deaths."
Anyone who might have witnessed the collision, or the moments leading up to it, is urged to contact Coffs Harbour Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.