A BOAT being towed by a car overturned on Manning Street in Tuncurry last Thursday as it approached the Forster-Tuncurry bridge.
The small boat flipped onto a median strip just before 4pm after the driver, a 52-year-old Haberfield man, pulled out too late from a right-hand merging lane on Manning Street just before the bridge.
Police said as a result, the boat trailer collided with a Holden Rodeo which was being driven by a 47-year-old Nabiac man.
The accident disrupted traffic flow on either side of the bridge for a short period of time before police, ambulance and fire and rescue crews arrived at the scene and diverted traffic.
Emergency crews were able to move the boat and clear the area.
No one is believed to have been injured however there was minor damage to the Haberfield man’s car and the Holden Rodeo as well as extensive damage to the small fibreglass boat.
Plenty of people took to the Advocate’s Facebook page to vent their frustrations over the hold up in traffic as a result of the accident.
Many blamed poor infrastructure of the bridge and the surrounding area as the problem while others believed there were simply just impatient drivers adding to the chaos.
Cathy McPherson commented, asking “When is something going to be done about that approach on Tuncurry side of the bridge?” while Daniel Gogerly believes it is drivers that are the problem. He said, “It’s not just the bridge approaches that are the trouble, it is the people pushing in. The road should be blocked to one lane near the ambulance station and in the holiday time left turn only from Point Rd and be blocked to one lane going to Tuncurry from the Beach St roundabout.”
Shane Griffis commented that he believed the congestion issues were more to do with the traffic lights.
“It is the pedestrian crossing lights in Tuncurry that makes the traffic flow worse. You can hardly get four cars through the intersection lights at Jungle Surf because all the previous lot of cars are stopped 100m down the road.”