An inquest has begun into an horrific petrol tanker crash on the Princes Highway north of Batemans Bay that left four people dead.
The accident at East Lynne almost two years ago killed 36-year-old Narellan Vale truck driver, David Carolan, and two young Ulladulla girls, Jordon Bridge, 13, and her 11-year-old sister Makeely.
The girls’ 47-year-old father, David Bridge, died in hospital a week after their family car was engulfed in flames. Their mother, Debbie, 42, suffered burns to 80 per cent of her body but miraculously survived.
She and her husband were pulled from the inferno by other motorists on December 28, 2009.
The accident happened when the south-bound petrol tanker crossed onto the wrong side of the road, hit two cars travelling north, and then slammed into a third – carrying the Bridge family – which burst into flames.
Relatives of the Bridge family were travelling in the car behind them and pulled Mr and Mrs Bridge from the burning car.
In his opening statement, Sergeant Stephen Kelly told Batemans Bay Coroner’s Court the most likely cause of the collision was “excessive speed for this specific section of road”.
For the full story, see tomorrow’s Bay Post/Moruya Examiner.
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