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Flying sign causes accident

By Cobram Courier

A COBRAM family were left shocked after a flying sign smashed into their car today.
The family of four were in their 4WD heading towards Moama on the Cobb Hwy near Tatalia Rd about 12.15pm when they were hit by the sign which came off a trailer carrying a load of scrap metal, signs and a barbecue.
It smashed the right-hand side of the vehicle, piercing the radiator, and wiping out the side mirror.
‘‘It was windy and then all of a sudden we saw something big fly towards us and wiped out the front side of the car and mirror,’’ Julie Cook said.
‘‘It made a very loud smashing noise. It was a pretty frightening ordeal.
‘‘I’m just glad the wheel wasn’t slashed and the windscreen didn’t break.’’ Mrs Cook said the near-miss shocked her, husband Jamie, and their daughters, aged eight and 11, who were on their way to Echuca for a camping trip.
‘‘At least everyone is safe and no-one was seriously hurt,’’ she said. An eight-year-old boy and his grandson who were in a ute travelling in the opposite direction An eight-year-old boy and his grandson who were in a ute travelling in the opposite were not as lucky, suffering cuts to their faces when the sign rebounded from the 4WD into them, shattering the windscreen.
Deniliquin’s Inspector Jy Brown said police were investigating.
‘‘The load was secured with load-rated straps but it appears due to the inclement weather, one of the straps broke and as a result one of the signs came loose and collided with the vehicle travelling south and then a ute on the opposite side of the road,’’ he said.
‘‘It could have been a lot worse.’’
Insp. Brown said inquiries were continuing as to what action, if any, would be taken against the 21-year-old Moama man towing the trailer.