Truck Crash Prompts Renewed Calls for North West Coastal Highway Fix
Release date: 13/05/2014
The Transport Workers Union has reiterated its call for the highway linking the Pilbara and Gascoyne to be upgraded after another road train accident at the weekend.
On Sunday afternoon, a couple in their 70s were injured when their vehicle, towing a caravan, was allegedly clipped by the trailer of a passing road train on the North West Coastal Highway near Onslow.
Their vehicle rolled into the path of another road train which hit the elderly couple head-on.
They were flown to Hedland Health Campus but managed to escape with just minor injuries.
The highway had to be shut for several hours.
The union's Paul Aslan says he is not surprised by the latest incident.
"It is a very, very serious situation and we really need to be getting out there very, very quickly and fixing those roads and widening those roads and making them better," he said.
"They've been neglected for decades now and it's just ridiculous."
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