Town in deep shock

URUNGA resident Kath Black stood shaking her head outside the security fence that now surrounds the Urunga crash site.

"That was my family home - my Dad built that place and that's where we grew up," Mrs Black said.

"It just blows your mind that this poor family came for a holiday and they go home with no child."

She said something needed to be done and that instead of offering residents money to double-glaze their windows, the RTA should be spending the dollars on finishing the highway upgrade.

Her reaction was similar to many in the seaside town, where the mood was one of deep shock and sadness on Monday.

Hairdresser Jenny Harry said she felt devastated.

"None of us knew the boy but everyone is in shock and feels so sad for the family," Mrs Harry said.

"They really should get the speed camera back in action."

Shop owner Greg McPhee said it was absolutely ludicrous having a major highway going through a small town.

"This is one hell of a mess," Mr McPhee said.

"They should drop the speed limit down to 50 km/hour through Urunga - at least that would mean traffic would come through at 80 km/hr instead of 100 km/hr.

"There has been a noticeable calming of traffic since the highway speeds were dropped on either side of Urunga."

Another resident, Michael Trist, said the only real surprise was that something like this hadn't happened more often.

"The whole town is really upset," Mr Trist said.

"We all know someone who lives on the highway - we are all thinking that could have been my kid! And he wasn't even on the road - he was in his bed!"

He said the only answer was the very expensive one of building the bypass.

"We know the governments can afford it - there just hasn't been the political will.

"If this doesn't make it a priority then what will."

Topics:  pacific highway speed camera urunga

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