New South Wales Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell says his tour of the Pacific Highway has confirmed the dangerous conditions on the north coast stretch.
Mr O’Farrell drove from Ballina to Grafton on Thursday, the same day as a fatal accident on the highway near Iluka.
He’ll continue the drive from Grafton to Coffs Harbour on Friday.
Mr O’Farrell inspected the accident site yesterday.
“You are not going to have head on accidents if there is divided highway,” said the opposition leader.
“What was chilling for me was not just the accident yesterday on the day that I was visiting but listening to (local politicians) recount the names of the accidents as we went past them,” said Mr O’Farrell.
“They weren’t doing it from notes they were doing it because like good local members they understand what happens in their community they understand where these accidents have occured and they want to see an end to it, ” he said.
More details have emerged of the latest deadly accident on the Pacific Highway.
A 69 year old man died from injuries he received in a head-on collision between his car and a semi-trailer.
The accident happened around half-past five on Thursday morning, two kilometres north of the Iluka.
Police say a station wagon was travelling south when it slammed head on into the prime mover.
The truck’s fuel tank ruptured, it lost a wheel and veered into a truck-stop hitting another truck 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.
Police are preparing a report for the coroner.