The Coroner has called upon the Northern Territory Government to introduce legislation demanding that all trucks carrying quarry loads must cover their trailers.The recommendation follows an investigation into the road death of a Queensland woman south of Darwin, last year.
Rosalyn O’Neill, a senior, was a passenger in her husband’s vehicle on the Arnhem Highway when a large rock smashed through the windscreen and killed her instantly.The coroner’s investigation was launched to determine whether the rock fell from a mining truck or was already on the road.
The findings released by Coroner Greg Cavanah revealed that there was no evidences that quarries operating near the accident site were responsible for the rock being on the highway.Cavanagh stated that the prospect of another car striking and subsequently propelling the rock on the highway into a victims path was “an extraordinary coincidence”
Scott Basnett of Darwin, was in a car in front of the vehicle being driven by Mr.O’Neill.
He told the investigators that he had hit a rock and when he looked behind him he saw it careen across the road and strike the windscreen of another vehicle.Cavanagh said that no individuals were to blame for “this terrible tragedy”
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