Another near miss at Ulmarra
THUNDER and lightning ripped Ulmarra residents from their sleep early yesterday morning, but it wasn’t a storm that greeted the bleary-eyed locals when they looked outside.
Residents awoken by a loud crash saw a scene of devastation on their doorsteps after a semi-trailer overturned on a bend near the south end of the village before hitting a power pole and coming to rest next to a private yard, littering the area with debris.
The damaged power pole was apparently arcing in a spectacular fashion, illuminating the scene of destruction.
Residents said the incident occurred about 4.30am yesterday, with the noise from the crash reportedly heard from afar.
Ulmarra resident Leanne Pardoe lives two doors down from the crash site and said she was awoken by the noise.
She said she saw the spectacular light show caused by the damaged power pole.
“It sounded like thunder; a huge crack,” Mrs Pardoe said.
“I opened up the window and could see the power pole all lit up.”
The truck damaged a fence and scattered its cargo of recycled plastic across the yard and roadside.
Residents said the culvert was probably the only thing that stopped the truck from ploughing into a house adjacent to the bend.
An emergency services spokesperson said the driver was pulled from the truck with minor bruising, but was otherwise unhurt.
Although debris littered the area for much of the morning, the scene was cleared quickly after the crash, with normal traffic flow resuming shortly after.
This latest incident was unfortunately just another in a line of crashes which have occurred on the notorious stretch of Pacific Highway near Ulmarra.
On June 20, just a few kilometres north of yesterday’s incident, a car was almost torn in half when it collided with a truck.
Although the driver miraculously walked away from that crash, it again highlighted the dangerous stretch of highway with local residents pleading for the government to take action.