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Roebourne motorist has a narrow escape
Roebourne motorist has a narrow escape

Road users and truck drivers have been urged to take care while carrying loads after a Roebourne driver’s car windscreen was almost smashed due to an unsecured item.

Paul Bell was driving to Karratha along the North West Coastal Highway earlier this month, when an unsecured block of wood, used when loading items onto trailers, slid off the back of a flattop trailer.

The chunk of wood bounced on the road, slid up Mr Bell’s car bonnet and cracked the window on the driver’s side of the car.

Luckily, the wood didn’t break through the windscreen and Mr Bell was able to pull off to the side of the road during a busy traffic period and inspect the damage.

He said due to the number of cars on the road, there was potential for a serious accident.

Mr Bell said he knew a lot of truck drivers and workers were busy and were not to blame for mistakes.

However, he was concerned industry was putting pressure on drivers to work faster and complete tasks quicker.

He said he just wanted people to be safe on the roads.

“How long will it be until someone gets killed in that situation?” he asked.