This heartbreaking image taken shortly after yet another accident involving a caravan on a Northern Territory highway graphically illustrates the ease with which the dream can become the nightmare.
As the picture shows, the caravan – being towed by travellers from New South Wales – was completely destroyed in yesterday’s crash near Adelaide River on the Stuart Highway.
According to a report on the ABC, the caravan was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time as another vehicle allegedly made a U-turn into traffic without properly checking what was coming.
“A Toyota driven by a 63-year-old male with three other occupants was initially travelling south on the Stuart Highway,” NT Police Superintendent Louise Jorgensen said.
The Toyota driver pulled over to the left-hand side of the road before making a U-turn back on to the highway, Superintendent Jorgensen said.
“In haste to do so, he failed to see the Nissan Patrol towing the caravan travelling behind him and they collided,” she said.
Superintendent Jorgensen told the ABC that the caravan bore the brunt of the impact.
“Clearly they do not make them like they used to,” she said.
Despite the carnage, no one was injured in the crash, and the 63-year-old driver who attempted the U-turn was issued with an infringement notice for careless driving.