Trucks trespass through town
By JENI FAULKNER
IT appears it was more than a fatal accident that had Woolgoolga residents fearing for their safety on Tuesday afternoon, when hundreds of B-double trucks diverted through the township.
Bruce Scanlon, from the Woolgoolga Area Resident Group (WAR), said heavy vehicles are not permitted to drive through Woolgoolga but all these rules went out the window this week after another highway closure.
"These heavy vehicles are restricted to the highway, but for about three hours they were coming through Woolgoolga, which is illegal," Mr Scanlon said.
"They create noise, pollution and that goes without even mentioning the safety factor. Many could not make a left-hand turn and residents had to move their parked cars."
Mr Scanlon said all heavy vehicles should have been stopped on the highway until the road was cleared, as would normally happen on any other section of the highway.
In response, a spokesperson from the RTA said NSW Police had implemented a detour for all vehicles, including large trucks and B-doubles, via Clarence and River streets.
"The RTA personnel managed this detour for a short time (about four hours) following the crash," the spokesperson said.
"Under normal circumstances B-doubles are not allowed through Woolgoolga's town streets. However, the Pacific Highway was blocked and diversions were for only a short time and necessary to reduce delays and improve safety for motorists while emergency services were at the crash site."