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Truck stop danger

COFFS Harbour MP Andrew Fraser is calling for better designed truck stops after a man was killed on the Pacific Highway at Halfway Creek yesterday morning.

The 54-year-old Sydney man was travelling north along the Pacific Highway halfway between Coffs Harbour and Grafton just after 4am when his Toyota Hiace van left the road, slamming into the rear of a prime mover parked at a truck stop.

Woolgoolga fire brigade were called and had to extract the man's body from the mangled remains of the van.

No-one else was injured.

"First of all truck laybyes or stopping zones are not well enough signposted," Mr Fraser said.

"And secondly, there are not enough of them."

The local MP confirmed to the Advocate he had been holding discussions with members of the trucking industry about truck stops on the Highway and added he was concerned about future plans for the road.

"It is my understanding there has been no communication between the RTA and the industry over the number and the design of stops on new stretches being built," he said.

"And while I feel for the family of this man killed, I am also aware of the poor signage at many of these laybyes."

Police and emergency services attended and established an accident scene, early yesterday morning, but the cause of the accident is still unknown.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said it was a timely reminder for motorists to stop, revive and survive.

"We'd like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to slow down along the Pacific Highway, and to stop, revive, and survive," he said.

Meanwhile Mr Fraser is warning of more issues ahead with new health and safety laws to be introduced in September.

"These stopping zones will not comply with the new laws," he said.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen the vehicle driving along the Pacific Highway in the early hours of the morning to contact Coffs Harbour Police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.


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