Triple fatality renews Tarrawingee grandparents' calls for greater truck safety

Jenny and Jack Murray have campaigned for stricter regulations for trucks. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Jenny and Jack Murray have campaigned for stricter regulations for trucks. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

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LAST week’s triple fatality at Staghorn Flat brought back painful memories for Jack and Jenny Murray.

The Tarrawingee couple lost their granddaughters Jordan, 13, and Makeely, 11, in a fuel tanker crash on the NSW south coast in 2009.

Their son-in-law David Bridge died five days after the crash and their daughter Debbie died two years later.

Hearing about last Thursday’s tragic crash, which killed Lisa Turner, her son Jack Wallace and Peta Cox, brought those memories flooding back for the Murrays.

“They tell me it becomes less painful with time, but it doesn’t make much difference to us,” Mr Murray said.

“It’s still very close.

“You think of them every day.

“We couldn’t miss it in the papers and in the news and it upset us greatly.”

The Murrays have been campaigning for stricter transport vehicle safety checks and tighter regulations.

Mr Murray said he just wanted to stop similar crashes claiming more lives and destroying other families.

“The vehicles should be A1, not second rate, they should be at the top of the list,” he said.

“We lost a whole family — grandkids, our daughter, and our son-in-law who we worshipped.

“It shouldn’t happen, but it does.

“We’ll never get over it for the rest of our lives because they were an important part of the family.”

The NSW government has moved to make stability control mandatory for all dangerous goods tankers by 2019, but Mr Murray wants to see national laws created.

In March, member for Indi Cathy McGowan urged the federal government to introduce new federal regulations.

“The trailer came off the other day,” Mr Murray said.

“That’s an accident that should not have happened.”

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