Drive to conditions, SES officer

A ‘BIG bloody mess’ is how Greg Newcombe described the dreadful scene south of Urunga on Tuesday night.

“We arrived to discover a B-double down in the scrub and a car upside down, down an embankment. There was debris everywhere,” said Mr Newcombe, the Urunga SES rescue officer.

“The injured driver was still conscious and breathing when we got there and he looked okay. He was hanging in there.”

Mr Newcombe has counted no less than 15 to 20 accidents he and his volunteers have had to contend with on this dangerous highway stretch south of Urunga in the past decade.

“It’s a job we put our hand up for to help the community. This is our way of giving something back to the community,” Mr Newcombe said.

“But drivers have to think about what they are doing because they have a lethal weapon under their foot and they have to drive to the conditions.

“The road on Tuesday night was greasy from the rain.”



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