The scene at the Pacific Highway, near Raleigh.
The scene at the Pacific Highway, near Raleigh. Frank Redward

Review called for on wire

COFFS Harbour MP Andrew Fraser is calling for a review of the controversial wire barriers used on several sections of the Pacific Highway in the wake of Wednesday night's fatal accident.

A woman was killed on the highway near Raleigh, just south of Coffs Harbour, on Wednesday evening when a black Nissan 350Z lost control in wet conditions and bounced

off the barrier into the path of two semi-trailers.

“There are times when these barriers can save lives but in others they are dangerous,” said Mr Fraser just before speaking on the matter in State Parliament yesterday.

“Motorcyclists hate them and call then 'cheese cutters' as they cause serious injuries,” he added.

“And I want to know if there are safer alternatives.

“There are several stretches of the highway, and one in particular near Halfway Creek, where it might be more appropriate to have proper run-off areas.”

The wires used at the site of Wednesday's accident are used extensively by the RTA.

But there has been concern for some time that – if hit – the barriers act as a slingshot, catapulting the victim back into the path of oncoming traffic.

That is believed to be the cause of the fatality on Wednesday.

Police have yet to release details of the deceased woman.



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