Bambi Wixon had to foot the bill for new tyres and rims for her Hyundai after hitting massive potholes on the Bruce Highway on her way home from Maryborough.
Bambi Wixon had to foot the bill for new tyres and rims for her Hyundai after hitting massive potholes on the Bruce Highway on her way home from Maryborough. Gympie Times

Rain causes massive potholes

TYRES are tiring of the wet weather.

Recent torrential rain has saturated the Bruce Highway, which is now crumbling between Maryborough and Gympie.

Gympie photographer Bambi Wixon had to pay more than $2000 for four tyres and two rims for her Hyundai after hitting two massive potholes while driving home from Maryborough on Saturday night.

“I didn’t see the (first) pothole. By the time I saw how deep it was, I was right on it,” she said while paying her bill at Beaurepairs in Gympie.

Ms Wixon, who had been following a truck, said it was too dangerous to swerve in the wet and the impact of hitting the pothole rattled her teeth.

She made it home but knew something was wrong with the steering of the car.

The next day she noticed three of her tyres were losing air and two rims were buckled.

Electronic signs warning drivers of the road’s condition have been in place between Curra, just north of Gympie, and Maryborough since December.

“It’s a joke. The signs should be near the spot,” Ms Wixon said.

RACQ crew members who service Tiaro said they had been busy helping people who had tyre blowouts or were bogged.

A Main Roads spokesperson said road crews were inspecting the highway and prioritising interim repair works.

The spokesperson would not say if there was any onus on the department to foot the bill for drivers whose vehicles are damaged by the potholes.



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