the tale of the trailer, truck and crash test dummy

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 18:21
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Picked up the C/T today without too much of a problem, hooked her up and away we went thinking that a quickish trip through Kangaroo valley would be a good way of seeing how Mahindra tows over the mountains.

Well half way up the Valley side of Cambewarra mountain we saw a boat trailer off the car...first thought was opps...trailers come off...then we looked up and thought...opps..bingle with the semi trailer....but no...they were turning around on the very narrow road and left...the other 4 cars in front did the same, except seeing that we had a 400kg trailer behind we knew we werent going anywhere.....

so we turned the car off and looked up the road / goat track and saw bikes there....Nathan knew the driver of the truck and went to see what the problem was.....there was half a road bike underneath it!.......Got talking and found the other half of the bike in a million pieces around the corner...basically crushed metal...

everyone else was turning around except us, the cops hadnt closed the road yet, but eventually did...

what happened was that the bikes, after leaving berry pub, were doing a quick stint over the mountain when one of the riders took the corner too wide and somehow ended up under the back of the truck with the mud flap throwing him out sideways along with half of his bike......he managed to come away with a broken arm.....

we sat there for the worse part of an hour before the families of the riders came to pick the rest up and only then were we offered helop to move the trailer without losing it down the hill! and after being told that there would 1.5hr wait to drive past the truck that we could easily have gotten past without too much of an issue...we were only 20 min from home!!!!

finally turned around and took off.....but because the traffic was being sent over Berry mountain and tourist drive which connects berry and cambie mountains...there were cars going all over the place, including caravan and horse floats of all sizes on these 2 roads where 2 morris minors can almost hit each other going in opp. directions......

So thanks to about 15 sunday drivers we nearly came a guttser over the side!

All in reminded us that those nutters from the city who come down for a drive have no idea on how to drive on small dangerous roads, that coppers are arrogant - well the ones from nowra are! and that bike riders need to have a moment like this every now and then to remind them that they are not immortal!

So now that we are home 2 hrs after what we thought, its now time for kids to go to bed early, have a drink and remember that that could have been us involved....oh and the C/T is being dealt with tomorrow!!LOL!!

If some of this doesnt make sense...truely sorry ....I finally fell asleep at 5.30 this morning and was woken up at 6.15!!!! aaahh well..!!


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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 18:33

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 18:33
The only certainty in all of that is that some dope on a bike caused a major disruption and escaped with a broken arm LOL

Wait for the enraged two wheel brigade :)))

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Reply By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 20:04

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 20:04
Ahh arrogance on the road!! Reminds me of when we were travelling out of Anglers Rest, and heading back to Omeo. The road was extremely narrow and windy, with numerous dropoffs, so with the Patrol and heavily laden CT in tow, we were taking things pretty steady.
We'd gone about 10 or 15k's when I had to dart off towards one of the dropoffs, when this moron comes belting around a corner straight at us, he was the first in a convoy of 4wd's towing CT's obviously in a tour. His Mrs grabs the UHF and yells to the rest behind, "watchout guys, there's a Patrol coming at ya's and he wants all the road!!" Little did she know I had my UHF on scan, and well... I couldnt help myself but give her a bloody good mouthful. Anyway she musta shut up like a clam , or i frightened the daylights out of her and that was the last we heard from her bugle mouth.
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Follow Up By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 20:28

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 20:28
thats the way!! We had the same UHF war thing out at Yalwal with a toyota group, winging abou the 4b in gfront of them...we had the handheld so no aerial was visible! They were real nice after that!
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Reply By: obee - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 20:34

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 20:34
I cannot understand why it takes so long to sort an accident scene. The broken bodies need to be handled with care but once the ambulance has gone I think they could push everything out of the way and let the traffic through.

But maybe its for the insurance company or a good pinch. I dunno.

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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 13:24

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 13:24
Hi Owen, One reason for taking longer at accident scenes these days is, accident scenes are work places for the emergency services personnal and there are procedures like any other work place that we emergency service workers have to abide by rightly or wrongly sometimes I even wonder myself about the common sense of it all
But from a emergency services workers view it is much appreciated if the general public realise these constraints we now have on us and try to be a little patient.
Safe Travels
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Reply By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 20:51

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 20:51
I know the area well.We have similiar tourist roads in the Gold Coast hinterland & there are motor bike accidents every weekend.
I lived in Nowra 23 years ago & the road up the Kangaroo Valley was even a challenge back then.

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Follow Up By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 21:22

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 21:22
where abouts in nowra did you use to live??? we are west nowra heading out to yalwal...
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Reply By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 21:36

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 21:36
I worked for Westpac Bank back in those days & had a bank house in East Nowra (near the pub).We were only there for 12 months & the bank moved us to Picton.

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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 09:36

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 09:36
G'day Vince,

I worked at Westpac Picton when it was an agency to Camden but that was probably more than 23 years ago. We had some interesting experiences back then including the building being an ex bakery - it smelt like that for my time there and it always left me hungry. Just in time to return to Camden via the razor back.

Kind regards
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