The sign Ann Broad had posted on her Urunga Taxi in the aftermath of Sunday's double fatality hit a chord with many locals as the town came to terms with the grief. Image: FRANK REDWARD.
The sign Ann Broad had posted on her Urunga Taxi in the aftermath of Sunday's double fatality hit a chord with many locals as the town came to terms with the grief. Image: FRANK REDWARD. FRANK REDWARD

Town comes to terms with grief

THE sign on Ann Broad's taxi sums up the sentiment of many Urunga residents in the aftermath of the town's tragedy.

As professional drivers living south of the town, Ann and her partner Errol Townsend run the Pacific Highway gauntlet daily on the section considered by many to be the most dangerous. 

Ms Broad said like many locals she's fed-up and gutwrenched that even after Sunday's cataclysmic crash the town is still years away from a lifesaving highway upgrade and bypass.  

"Urunga people are really cross that other parts of the coast are getting preferential treatment and our stretch from Urunga to Macksville will be left until last," Ms Broad said.

"We have lived south of Urunga for 12-years and in that time we have come across the scenes of too many fatal accidents to count.

"In the past three months alone I'd say we've seen four crashes where cars have rolled on the bend near the Hungry Head turn-off and ended upside down on the edge of the road.  

"I feel so strongly about that goat track of a highway that I put the sticker on the taxi.

"Everyone knows this stretch of road is an accident waiting to happen, it's all people talk about for weeks after an accident.  

"We are always left to wonder when the next fatal crash will happen

"After we put the sticker on the car, so many people around town told us, the message really hit the nail on the head,

"All the politicans seem to be doing is pussy footing around the issue and saying there isn't the money to fund the upgrade, it's a terrible thing that in light of this tragedy we are no closer to a solution to stop people being killed," she said.