Woman injured in castle crash
A WOMAN is lucky to be alive after her car spun out of control after it and B-double truck collided on the Pacific Highway at Knockrow yesterday afternoon.
The Northern Star was at the scene just moments after the collision, which happened just after 2pm, as passers-by stopped to administer first aid to the driver of a black Holden Astra hatchback.
The north-bound Holden crashed through a livestock fence and ended up in a paddock about 200m north of the Macadamia Castle after the collision with the truck.
The car's right front wheel was ripped off and the driver's door badly damaged from the impact.
The south-bound truck crossed onto the wrong side of the road before snapping a power pole in half and narrowly missing the giant knight statue at the front of the castle complex, before it came to a stop at the front of the castle.
The truck sustained damage to its bogie wheels.
The woman was wearing a plaster cast on her right arm and lay down in the paddock while she waited for emergency services to arrive.
She was then placed on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to hospital while a visibly shaken truck driver sat on a chair in the castle carpark waiting to be interviewed by police.
Traffic controllers were put in place while traffic backed up for several kilometres in both directions.
Essential Energy was called to disconnect the power.
Macadamia Castle owner Tony Gilding said he had been campaigning to have the speed limit reduced to 80kmh at the section of road where the crash occurred.
However, the RTA had only reduced the speed limit to 90kmh.
Mr Gilding said while he did not see the crash, he wondered if a lower speed limit would have made a difference.