Your roads are our roads too, vigilance urged after Northern NSW crashes

Four people died in crashes across the state’s north yesterday (Wednesday 20 March 2019) including a cyclist at Newcastle and a motorcyclist at Wauchope.

A man and woman, both believed to be in their 60s, died after their Commodore and a truck collided about 3.50pm yesterday, on the Bruxner Highway, near Richardsons Lane, about 10km east of Casino.

Two pedestrians were seriously injured in crashes at Lake Macquarie and New Lambton.

Northern Region Traffic Tactician Chief Inspector Amanda Calder said inquiries into all these crashes were still in their early stages.

“Walking or cycling is becoming an increasing way of life, particularly in coastal areas,” Chief Inspector Calder said.

“Everyone should take responsibility for their actions when out on the road – whether you are crossing the road; riding a pushbike or controlling your motor vehicle which includes parking and securing your car or truck.

“We all want the same thing – to get wherever we are going safely.”

Far North Region Traffic Tactician Inspector Peter McMenamin said it was imperative for all road users to be aware of potential hazards during their daily journeys and drive to the prevailing conditions, even if it was something as simple as doing the weekly grocery run.

He said it didn’t matter how many times a person had travelled on a particular road, crashes could happen at any time and in any location.

“So often it is local people losing their lives on local roads. The aftermath of a crash in rural communities can often last far longer than people realise when you look at things such as overcoming injuries and lost income,” Inspector McMenamin said.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.

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