The scene at the fatal accident on the Cunningham Highway on Saturday afternoon.
The scene at the fatal accident on the Cunningham Highway on Saturday afternoon. Gerard Walsh

COMMENT: Too many families shattered by road deaths

ONE has to think again about the importance of road safety in the wake of the tragic accident at Allan on Saturday.

At this stage, we don't know exactly what happened but two lives have been lost and many others changed forever.

The people hurt by accidents, fatal and non fatal, are not just those badly injured but those close to them and the driver of the other vehicle.

It would be impossible for anyone to guess what it would be like to lose a loved one in an accident or be involved in a bad accident.

I have driven that stretch of road thousands of times down the years and it isn't the most worrying stretch of road west of Warwick.

I came across the accident a couple of hours after it happened on Saturday and recall a fatal in the 1970s about 3km to the west and then two more a bit farther west.

One I held the painkiller for the ambos treating a truck driver who hit the railway line and a decade later there was an accident in a gully on the highway at Wheatvale.

In Saturday's edition, the Eight Mile was highlighted but I can recall covering accidents for the Daily News each side of Warwick. We should all be careful on all roads, regardless of accident history.

One life lost is one too many and one can't underestimate the impact on the family of the victims or the other driver.



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