Road is 'blackest of black spots'
FOR Bellingen tow truck driver Jason Scott, the sharp bend outside White’s Dairy at Deervale, 20 kilometres west of Dorrigo, is the blackest of black spots.
“If any place is a death spot, it’s this corner,” Mr Scott said.
“If it was on the Pacific Highway, people would die there every day.”
Mr Scott was speaking after attending Friday’s horrific fatal accident involving a motorcycle and two cars, in which the 61-year-old motorcyclist was killed instantly.
“It’s a blind corner and when it rains people slide off the road all the time.
“There was an accident there last week and another on Sunday.
“I’ve been warning and warning the council but nothing happens – I wish I had the answer.”
Jason’s father, veteran tow truck driver, Allen Scott, said the problem was exacerbated because the camber on the corner went the wrong way.
“It needs a speed camera and a 60-kilometre speed limit,” he said.
Dorrigo’s SES controller Ellie Luhr said most of the deaths she saw were caused by speed.
“People need to slow down, especially when there is a bit of water on the road,” Ms Luhr said.
“Fog is another factor and that can roll in anytime – people need to be very careful.”
Yesterday the Dorrigo community was also coming to terms with the loss of a 56-year-old man, who died when his car plunged off the Little Murray Bridge into the river on Saturday night.