The New South Wales Opposition Leader says the death of a 69-year-old man on the Pacific Highway highlights the danger of parts of the road.
Barry O’Farrell is on a ‘tour of inspection’ of the highway and yesterday drove from Ballina to Grafton.
Today he is travelling between Grafton and Coffs Harbour.
He says a State Government’s commitment of $10 million for highway upgrade planning between Coffs Harbour and Ballina is a good start but it is not enough.
“For a State Government that removed $300 million from the Pacific Highway in a mini-budget two years ago, it’s clearly not enough,” he said.
“Whether it was last night on the Grafton section or this morning on the Coffs Harbour section, the fact is that there was a promise made, a promise not delivered.
“In this instance the failure to deliver that promise has cost too many lives and caused too much grief and anguish.”
Meanwhile, police have released more details of yesterday morning’s deadly Pacific Highway crash.
The man died of injuries suffered in the accident which happened about 5:30am (AEST) near the Iluka turn-off.
Police say the man’s car slammed head-on into a prime mover.
The truck’s fuel tank ruptured, it lost a wheel and veered into a truck-stop, hitting a prime mover parked in the area.
The driver of the northbound truck, a 63-year-old Tamworth man, and the man sleeping in the parked truck, were not injured.
The police crash investigation unit is preparing a report for the coroner.