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Police shut crumbling highway

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Police have closed a second section of the Old Pacific Highway, fearing it is in imminent risk of collapsing and claiming more lives. The closure has deepened concern – and anger – about the condition of the road, following the deaths of a family of five at Somersby on Friday. On Friday afternoon during violent storms which lashed the region, a vast chasm opened up in the Old Pacific Highway at Somersby, swallowing a car carrying a couple and three children when the road gave way, plunging their car into raging floodwaters. Police found the second stretch of damaged road, about 2km from the fatal accident scene, while checking for other damaged sections of road on Sunday afternoon. The site, south of Friday's accident site, was dipped and cracked. Chunks of bitumen had crumbled away at the side.

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